Posted on: September 4, 2009 10:33 pm
 

Top 150 Returning College Football Players

                As the first Saturday of the 2009 college football season is nearly upon us, the excitement level couldn’t be any higher.

     

        Besides the preseason polls and All-American teams, the hype building up to the kickoff of college football is unreal.

     

        Here are my top 150 returning college football players for the 2009 season rankings.  This is not a NFL Draft Big Board, and is based off potential and success at the collegiate level as opposed to a player’s status as a pro prospect.

     

        This list will not contain offensive linemen, as there are no stats or anything to go by in terms of ranking them accurately.

     

        This list will only contain returning players, no incoming freshmen, transfers, and I will also not be including players who are out with season-ending injuries.  It pains me to see players like Mark Herzlich, Nate Irving, Darren Evans, James Starks, and any other players in college football go down prematurely due to injury. 

     

         I haven’t tampered with the rankings or comments since before yesterday’s games, so none of yesterday’s games affected these rankings.  Seeing how LeGarrette Blount is now suspended for the year, I find the comment I had wrote for him to be hilarious.

    

         Love it or hate it, leave a comment and let me know what you think.  For those interested, player No. 151 would have been wide receiver Phillip Livas from Louisiana Tech.

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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: August 8, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Isiah Thomas Is Like a Box Of Chocolates…

You know the rest of the quote…at least that’s what I’m playing off of.  Isiah Thomas is one of the most confusing, unpredictable human beings in sports.  One moment he’s sexually harassing a female executive for the New York Knicks, and next thing you know he’s in the hospital with a drug overdose.

You may know Isiah Thomas as one of the “Bad Boys” of the Detroit Pistons, where he won two NBA championships and solidified his spot in the Hall of Fame. 

Or maybe you know him as the man who slowly and painfully killed off the Knicks during his close to five years with the organization.

Well now you know Isiah Thomas as the head coach of an unheralded college basketball program.  Of course, critics were skeptical, and thought there was no way this could end well for either party.

After all, how in the world could Thomas provide the needed charisma and allure to recruit high-end talent to a small university in the Sun Belt conference?  There is widespread belief that most recruit’s parents would not enjoy hearing about a drug overdose from someone who could possibly be their son’s next head coach.

Honestly, what could be better for the overlooked and unanticipated Golden Panthers of Florida International than to bring in an NBA Hall-of-Famer and former NBA head coach to the sunny beaches of Miami?  It’s not like Thomas could screw up FIU’s public image.  What public image?  Truth is FIU had nothing to lose by hiring Thomas, and everything to gain.

And FIU’s so called “gamble” if you will is already paying dividends.  On Friday, Thomas and the Golden Panthers received a verbal commitment from a top high school prospect, ranked No. 8 overall in the class of 2010 by ESPN. 

If you looked at Dominique Ferguson’s profile, you would see he was considering Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, and UCLA.  No mention of FIU, and with good reason.  In the words of Ferguson, “I had kind of forgot he was coaching there.  Then we talked on the phone after they were allowed to make phone calls.  Coach Thomas, his entire staff, the city, it was an easy choice for me.”

Ferguson’s ambition is the same as any other high school basketball star, and that’s to make it to the NBA.  So he saw the logic in going to FIU where he can learn from the best, as many others are sure to follow.

After arriving at FIU Thomas had already drawn attention from top recruits in the class of 2009, Lance Stephenson and Latavious Williams.  While he didn’t draw them to FIU, it looks like it was a sign of things to come in terms of drawing interest from big-time prospects.

Thomas has received commitments from Phil Taylor, the No. 39 ranked point guard in the class of 2010, and Chris Coleman, ranked No. 43 overall in the class of 2011 according to ESPN.

The pieces are starting to fall into place for FIU to bust onto the national scene as the next surprising mid-major.

 

 Written by Colin Means

Original Article: OnlineSportsFanatic.com

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 7, 2009 2:23 pm
 

Top Ten Most Aggravating ESPN Analysts

You know those days when all you wanna do is grab a cold drink, sit down, and flip on the tube to ESPN? 

You know how agonizing it can be to turn on ESPN right when someone who “pushes you buttons” just so happens to be relaying his uninformed analysis to America?

Well I’ve broken down the most aggravating ESPN analysts, and formed the “Top Ten Most Aggravating ESPN Analysts.”

Consider this a watch list for future encounters.

10. Stephen A. Smith

So Smith may have been “let go” by ESPN back in May, but he still earns the last spot.  Stephen A. Smith just might be the most aggravating person to listen to, but it’s his aggravatingness that draws you in.  And don’t lie, once Smith starts running his mouth it’s hard to not stay tuned.

9. Chris Berman

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Swami’s presence.  On Sunday Night NFL Countdown, that is.  When it comes to baseball, Boomer would not be my number one choice for color commentary.  Too often does he betray is baeball ignorance, and who can forget his classic commentary during the Home Run Derby?  “It’s way back, it’s way back, it’s way back…that one outta here!  Oh, and he falls just short of a home run.”

8. Mark May

Here we have Lou Holtz’ counterpart.  If you are going to debate with Mark May, you must know one thing: Mark May is never wrong.  Never.  Or so he implies.  Holtz barely gets a chance to speak before May busts out telling him how and why he’s wrong, and why it will never happen.  Course I guess it’s a lose-lose situation anyway.

7. Lou Holtz

Listening to Lou Holtz give his college football analysis is like staring at a bad car wreck, you want to look away, but you just can’t.  Holtz may be one of the most respected and accomplished college football coaches in history, but good god as an analyst he just makes me want to tear my hair out. 

6. Colin Cowherd

Part of me died when ESPN came out with their newest show, SportsNation.  Cowherd picks an opinion with the sole intent of making it sound reaonable, and fails most of the time.  The aggravating part is when he thinks he’s on to something, then gets that excited look on his face and continues on but to nowhere in particular.  Please ESPN, please put us out of our misery.


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Category: General
Tags: ESPN, Top Ten
 
Posted on: August 4, 2009 10:51 am
 

Top 25 MLB Pitchers 25 Years Old or Younger

You can call this part two of “The Future of Baseball” series.  If you haven’t seen the “Top 25 MLB Position Players 25 Years Old or Younger” I recommend you check it out.

I have come up with a list of the top 25 MLB pitchers 25 years old or younger.  There are a few requirements to be eligible for the rankings.

First, obviously, the player must be no older than 25 by July 31 of this year.  Only players currently in the MLB are eligible, so minor league prospects are a no-go.  A starting pitcher must have accumulated at least 80 innings to be eligible for the top 25, but they are still eligible for the honorable mentions section if not.

While a pitcher’s record is important, I tend to look more at a pitcher’s ERA and WHIP, as those are areas that they can control.  For instance, Zack Greinke’s record might not be eye-popping because he plays on a terrible team, but his ERA and WHIP are phenomenal.

Next to the ranking will be the player’s position, team, and regular season stats leading up through August 2.  Here is the stats key:

SP=Starting Pitcher

RP=Relief Pitcher

ip=Innings Pitched

wl=Won-Loss

era=Earned Run Average

k=Strikeout

bb=Walk

whip=Walks and Hits Allowed per Inning Pitched

The spots 20-25 were difficult to rank, and there are a few deserving pitchers that just missed the top 25.  An argument could be made for any of those spots, so let me know what you think.

  • 1. SP, Tim Lincecum - San Francisco Giants: 156.2ip, 12-3wl, 2.18era, 191k, 41bb, 1.05whip, Age: 25

The reigning NL Cy Young winner hasn’t slacked off one bit.  Lincecum is ranked in the NL’s top three in wins, strikeouts, WHIP, complete games, innings pitched, ERA, and win percentage.  Lincecum has thrown two shutouts this season.  That’s one heck of a resume right there folks.

  • 2. SP, Zack Greinke - Kansas City Royals: 147.1ip, 10-6wl, 2.08era, 153k, 28bb, 1.09whip, Age: 25

I think all baseball fans pity Greinke.  So much talent, so little run support playing for the Royals.  Greinke has an impressive resume as well, ranking in the AL’s top three in strikeouts, WHIP, ERA, and complete games.  Greinke has also thrown two shutouts this season.

  • 3. SP, Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants: 140.0ip, 12-2wl, 2.12era, 112k, 54bb, 1.17whip, Age: 24

Looking amongst Giants pitchers, you barely have enough time to recollect yourself after seeing Lincecum’s stats before you are hit yet again, this time by Matt Cain.  Cain ranks in the NL’s top three in wins, ERA, win percentage, and complete games.

It’s hard to believe King Felix is only 23, as it seems like he’s been around for much longer.  Hernandez ranks in the AL’s top five in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, ERA, and win percentage.

  • 5. SP, Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies: 123.0ip, 7-6wl, 4.68era, 107k, 23bb, 1.32whip, Age: 25

After a World Series championship and MVP award, Hamels has struggled with injury throughout the season which has led to his inconsistency on the mound. 

  • 6. SP, Josh Johnson - Florida Marlins: 141.0ip, 10-2wl, 2.87era, 114k, 36bb, 1.12whip, Age: 25

Johnson has been spectacular in his first career All-Star season, rankings in the NL’s top ten in wins, ERA, win percentage, innings pitched, WHIP, and complete games.

Gallardo can be inconsistent at times, but when he’s on, he’s dangerous.  An interesting tidbit: Gallardo is the only pitcher to ever hit a home run off of Randy Johnson, which he did in his first start of the season in April.  He ranks third in the NL in strikeouts.

The first reliever to make the list, Broxton is excellent in nearly every category.  Broxton ranks fourth in the NL in saves, converting 24 out of 27 chances. 

  • 9. SP, Edwin Jackson - Detroit Tigers: 139.2ip, 7-5wl, 2.64era, 109k, 45bb, 1.15whip, Age: 25

Jackson has pitched well this season after being acquired from the Rays in the offseason.  Jackson ranks fourth in the AL in WHIP and third in the AL in ERA.

  • 10. SP, Chad Billingsley - Los Angeles Dodgers: 143.2ip, 11-6wl, 3.82era, 140k, 63bb, 1.28whip, Age:24

While Billingsley can be shaky, he has proven himself as a reliable option for the best team in baseball.  Billingsley ranks fifth in the NL in strikeouts, although he also ranks fourth in walks.

  • 11. SP, Jon Lester - Boston Red Sox: 134.0ip, 9-7wl, 3.90era, 148k, 44bb, 1.31whip, Age: 25

Lester has been shaky this season, but he is 5-2 in his last ten starts.  Lester ranks third in the AL in strikeouts and has thrown two complete games.

  • 12. SP, Jair Jurrjens - Atlanta Braves: 139.0ip, 9-8wl, 2.85era, 98k, 50bb, 1.24whip, Age: 23

Through all the Tommy Hanson hype, Jurrjens is sometimes overlooked.  He has been solid and steady all year for the Braves, and ranks ninth in the NL in ERA.

We all know what Joba is capable of, and he has started to consistently show his true potential.  He has struggled with his control, and ranks sixth in the AL i walks even though he’s only pitched 110 innings.  He does, however, rank third in the AL in win percentage.

  • 14. RP, Joakim Soria - Kansas City Royals: 31.2ip, 2-0wl, 18s, 1.71era, 40k, 8bb, 0.95whip, Age: 25

Soria often goes unnoticed, reason being he plays for the Royals.  Soria ranks ninth in the AL in saves, it’s a shame he doesn’t get more opportunities. 

  • 15. SP, Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers: 120.2ip, 8-5wl, 2.76era, 117k, 65bb, 1.23whip, Age: 21

The young lefty often struggles with his control, as he ranked second in the NL in walks, but he is still 5-1 in his last ten starts.  Kershaw is ranked sixth in the NL in ERA.

  • 16. SP, Matt Garza - Tampa Bay Rays: 136.2ip, 7-8wl, 3.69era, 121k, 53bb, 1.22whip, Age: 25

Garza’s got great stuff, but he struggles with inconsistency and control.  He ranks third in the AL in walks, although he does rank eighth in strikeouts.

Ubaldo has been off and on this season, although he is 2-0 in his last four starts.  Jimenez ranks seventh in the NL in strikeouts and sixth in the NL in innings pitched.

  • 18. SP, John Danks - Chicago White Sox: 119.1ip, 9-7wl, 4.00era, 100k, 46bb, 1.31whip, Age: 24

Danks has been good of late, with a 4-1 record over his last six starts.  He’s always had upside, and it appears now he’s beginning to hit his stride.

The rookie closer has just about been the most productive player for the struggling Athletics.   He has a great ERA and WHIP, especially for a rookie.

A leading rookie of the year candidate, Romero has been on tear as of late.  Romero is 7-1 over his last ten starts, and is ranked ninth in the AL in wins and seventh in win percentage.

  • 21. SP, Kevin Slowey - Minnesota Twins: 90.2ip, 10-3wl, 4.86era, 75k, 15bb, 1.41whip, Age: 25

Slowey hasn’t pitched for a month, and is most likely out for the rest of the year after having surgery on his right wrist.  It’s a shame, as Slowey already reached double digits in the win column.

  • 22. SP, Johnny Cueto - Cincinnati Reds: 126.1ip, 8-8wl, 4.06era, 95k, 43bb, 1.34whip, Age:23

Cueto has struggled of late, losing four of his last five starts.  Cueto struggles with inconsistency like many other young pitcher, but he’s got good stuff.

While Bergesen is not a strikeout pitcher, he makes up for it in other ways.  Bergesen doesn’t get much attention, or run support for that matter, playing on the Orioles, but he’s definitely a young talent.

  • 24. SP, Brett Anderson - Oakland Athletics: 108.0ip, 6-8wl, 4.33era, 85k, 31bb, 1.31whip, Age: 21

Anderson has made the most out of his rookie season, showing that he’s got good stuff and also has good control.  Anderson is 3-1 over his last six starts, in which he tossed a shutout against the Red Sox.

  • 25. SP, Rick Porcello - Detroit Tigers: 105.1ip, 9-7wl, 4.36era, 55k, 35bb, 1.41whip, Age: 20

The 20-year-old rookie has been up and down all season.  Porcello has gone 1-3 over his last six starts, but the talent and upside is undoubtedly there. 

Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):

SP, John Lannan - Washington Nationals

SP, Dallas Braden - Oakland Athletics

SP, Max Scherzer - Arizona Diamondbacks

SP, Chris Volstad - Florida Marlins

SP, Luke Hochevar - Kansas City Royals

SP, Scott Kazmir - Tampa Bay Rays

SP, David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

SP, Jordan Zimmermann - Washington Nationals

SP, Phil Hughes - New York Yankees

SP, Tommy Hanson - Atlanta Braves

SP, Mike Pelfrey - New York Mets

SP, Trevor Cahill - Oakland Athletics

SP, Clayton Richard - San Diego Padres

RP, Matt Capps - Pittsburgh Pirates



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Category: MLB
Tags: MLB
 
Posted on: August 1, 2009 6:17 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2009 11:22 am
 

Top 25 MLB Position Players 25 Years or Younger

I have come up with a list of the top 25 MLB position players 25 years old or younger.  There are a few requirements to be eligible for the rankings.

First, obviously, the player must  be no older than 25 years old by July 31st of this year.  Only players currently in the MLB are eligible, so minor league prospects are a no go.  Also, a player must have a minimum of 200 at-bats this season.

Next to the ranking will be the player’s position, team, and regular season stats leading up through July 31st.  Here is the stats key:

ab=At-Bat

hr=Home Run

rbi=Runs Batted In

ba=Batting Average

r=Runs

sb=Stolen Bases

Let me know what you think of the rankings.

I wanted to put Han-Ram first, I really did.  But there is no denying that Prince Fielder has turned into one of baseball’s most elite players at one of its most elite positions.  He is second in the MLB in RBI behind Albert Pujols, while hitting a substantial amount of homers and keeping his average above .300, not to mention he won the Home Run  Derby. 

As it stands, Ramirez is the reason Albert Pujols won’t be winning the Triple Crown this year.  The former Red Sox prospect acquired in the Josh Beckett trade, Ramirez is one of the most dangerous players in baseball, with the combination of speed, average, and power.

  • 3. 3B, Evan Longoria - Tampa Bay Rays: 362ab, 21hr, 78rbi, .273ba, 57r, 2sb, Age:23

After winning the AL Rookie of the Year award last season, it was only a matter of time until Longoria became one of the league’s premier players.  He is already an MVP candidate in his first full season.

  • 4. OF, Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers: 389ab, 21hr, 70rbi, .314ba, 74r, 9sb, Age: 25

The 2007 National League Rookie of the Year, Braun is already one of the best outfielders in the MLB.  He ranks in the top ten in the NL in batting average, RBI, home runs, runs, slugging percentage, and OPS. 

  • 5. 2B, Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox: 403ab, 5hr, 44rbi, .300ba, 72r, 14sb, Age: 25

The reigning American League MVP, Pedroia is a Gold Glove shortstop who hits for average and runs the base paths well.  Although Pedroia is having a down year as compared to last season, he is nonetheless producing at a solid level for the Red Sox.

  • 6. OF, Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles: 379ab, 17hr, 59rbi, .296ba, 65r, 8sb, Age: 24

Arrived in Baltimore as part of the Erik Bedard trade. Jones is your classic five-tool outfielder, as he has speed, hits for average,  hits for power, has a great throwing arm, and is great defensively.

Honestly, Zimmerman might be the only bright spot on the National’s roster.  He still has managed to drive in 67 runs and score 71 runs in the National’s “not-so-deep-and-talented” lineup. 

Kung Fu Panda may not look like a formidable foe on the outside, but opponents only make that mistake once.  He did not make the All-Star game, which has been a controversial topic.

Although it seems like he has been around forever, yes, Brian McCann is only 25.  Arguably the best all-around catcher in the MLB, McCann has gotten his dues in making four consecutive All-Star games.

Barely missing this year’s All-Star game, Reynolds nonetheless continues to pound the ball, ranking second in the MLB in home runs.  Reynolds also ranks in the top ten of the NL in runs, stolen bases, and RBI.

  • 11. OF, Justin Upton - Arizona Diamondbacks: 369ab, 19hr, 63rbi, .298ba, 64r, 15sb, Age: 21

The younger brother of B. J. Upton, one could make the argument that Justin Upton has already surpassed his older brother.  Upton was the first overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks.

  • 12. 1B, Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds: 256ab, 16hr, 50rbi, .340ba, 43r, 4sb, Age: 25

Votto continues to impress after his breakout season last year.  He made a trip to the DL, which has limited his at-bats, but still continues to pound the ball while batting for a whopping average.

  • 13. OF, Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers: 378ab, 13hr, 59rbi, .315ba, 57r, 22sb, Age: 24

Ranking in the top ten in the NL in batting average and stolen bases, it’s obvious Kemp knows how to get on base and what to do once he gets there.  Kemp also has a solid amount of home runs and RBIs.

  • 14. OF, Nick Markakis - Baltimore Orioles: 410ab, 12hr, 70rbi, .298ba, 63r, 3sb, Age: 25

Another guy who seems like he’s been around for forever, Markakis ranks sixth in the AL in RBI total, while hitting for a solid average. 

  • 15. OF, Jacoby Ellsbury - Boston Red Sox: 384ab, 6hr, 35rbi, .302ba, 55r, 47sb, Age: 25

One of the premier speedsters of the MLB rankings second in stolen bases, Ellsbury hits for average and is also excellent in the field.

 Tulo’s arm, range, and instinct at his respective position are highly regarded.  He has a good combination of power and speed, something you don’t see often at the shortstop position.

  •  17. OF, B. J. Upton - Tampa Bay Rays: 394ab, 7hr, 36rbi, .244ba, 63r, 32sb, Age: 24

Nicknamed “B. J.” as in Bossman Junior, Upton has always been regarded as having tremendous upside.  Although he struggles with consistency with his average, Upton is always a threat on the base paths once he gets on.

  • 18. SS, Erick Aybar - Los Angeles Angels: 294ab, 3hr, 39rbi, .313ba, 41r, 8sb. Age: 25

Although Aybar mainly plays shortstop, he is also capable of playing second base and outfield.  Aybar is a great utility guy who hits for average and can hold his own on the base paths.

  • 19. 1B, James Loney - Los Angeles Dodgers: 385ab, 7hr, 63rbi, .286ba, 48r, 6sb, Age: 25

While Loney might not have the explosive power that some first basemen do, he makes up for it with his ability to knock in runs on a consistent basis.  Loney is also a very good fielder, committing only three errors all season.

  • 20. 1B, Billy Butler - Kansas City Royals: 376ab, 11hr, 47rbi, .290ba, 44r, 0sb, Age: 23

Many say that Butler has the potential to be a power and average guy, and he has begun to show that this season, although playing for the Royals doesn’t give him a chance to expose himself fully.

Here is proof that the Pirates are not willing to trade away every valuable player to their team.  Called up after Nate McLouth was traded to the Braves, McCutchen has shown in his rookie season that he can hit for average while being a threat on the base paths.

  • 22. 3B, Ian Stewart - Colorado Rockies: 278ab, 17hr, 48rbi, .223ba, 51r, 7sb, Age: 24

Although struggling with consistency at the plate, Stewart has shown a nice amount of power at third base.  He has showcased his versatality by playing second base and outfield as well for the Rockies.

  • 23. OF, Jay Bruce - Cincinnati Reds: 299ab, 18hr, 41rbi, .207ba, 38r, 3sb, Age: 22

Currently on the DL, Bruce has struggled with his batting average throughout the season.  Bruce has shown he is a dangerous power hitter, and he is also solid in the field.

  • 24. OF, Nolan Reimold - Baltimore Orioles: 213ab, 10hr, 29rbi, .286ba, 29r, 6sb, Age: 25

Reimold has burst onto the scene as a candidate for AL Rookie of the Year.  Provides speed, average, and power as well as a solid glove in the outfield.

Arguably the leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, Rasmus has been a solid contributor all season from the plate and in the field.

Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):

C, Kurt Suzuki - Oakland Athletics

3B, Martin Prado - Atlanta Braves

3B, Andy LaRoche - Pittsburgh Pirates

SS, Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers

OF, Dexter Fowler - Colorado Rockies

OF, Gerardo Parra - Arizona Diamondbacks

OF, Denard Span - Minnesota Twins


Original article at OnlineSportsFanatic.com.

Category: MLB
Tags: MLB
 
Posted on: July 25, 2009 2:35 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2009 7:23 pm
 

The Heat Must Make A Move

Original article at OnlineSportsFanatic.com.


The year 2010 is looming.  It will be an important offseason for the NBA, and that’s an understatement.  There are many notable players that will be on the market, which is also an understatement.

Arguably the two biggest names out there are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.  There have been many different “sources” that have claimed LeBron said this or LeBron said that, so I have decided to block out all the whispers going around involving “The King”.

In my opinion the top three “superstars” of the NBA go LeBron, Kobe, D-Wade, although not necessarily in that order.  So now that Kobe has signed an extension and LeBron rumors are being blocked out, that leaves us with Dwyane Wade.

Wade has said if the Heat are championship contenders he wants to stay, which means one thing.  The Miami Heat have to make a move during this offseason.  They need to show Wade that he is the centerpiece of their franchise, which he absolutely is, and that they are willing to do nearly anything to retain him.  No one brings more intensity to the court than D-Wade.

The Jazz matched Portland’s offer sheet for forward Paul Millsap, meaning it is almost inevitable Carlos Boozer will be dealt sooner rather than later.  The Heat and Jazz have already begun talks of a possible deal, as they should.  Obviously acquiring Boozer now would not be the equivalent of acquiring Shaq back in 2006 when they won the NBA Finals, but are they championship contenders?  Yes.

Forward Udonis Haslem would most likely be involved in a trade for Boozer, but they would still have an intriguing starting lineup.  Rookie second-round draft pick “Super” Mario Chalmers was a pleasant surprise for the Heat at point guard.  He would be followed by Wade at shooting guard, and possibly last year’s draft’s No. 2 overall pick Michael Beasley at small forward.  Slide Boozer in at power forward and Jermaine O’Neal at center, and you have a championship caliber team.

Sure there are some things that could go awry, but the Heat would be improved and ready to compete with the East’s elite, and more importantly keep Dwyane Wade happy in advance.  If I’m Pat Riley, I don’t give D-Wade any extra time to change his mind.

Posted on: July 14, 2009 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2009 5:01 pm
 

AI to The Clippers? Oh, The Possibilities

For years now, the Los Angeles Clippers have been known as the graveyard of the NBA, where promising careers hit an abrupt end and the Clipper faithful have seen more busts than they have wins.

Last year we saw confident point guard Baron Davis ever so bravely try to bring the Clippers back as a respectable franchise, but to no avail. 

But this year, things were looking up.  Being certain he was the guy, they selected phenom forward Blake Griffin No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft.  Third time’s the charm, right?

This would leave them with a crowded frontcourt, meaning someone had to go.  And wouldn’t you know it, they found a sucker by the name of the Memphis Grizzlies to take Zach Randolph off their hands.

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Posted on: July 13, 2009 1:32 am
 

Charlie V and Chris Bosh Twitter Race

The phenomenon that is Twitter has captivated many, and the current race between NBA forwards Charlie Villanueva and Chris Bosh to 50,000 followers will certainly have many tuned in.

Here is Charlie Villanueva explaining their little wager.

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