BA Today Show – June 14, 2012
Cubs sign Soler, will he feast or falter in the Cubs farm system? Discussing current and past prospects of the Cubs organization.
Who wins this Sunday at WWE’s “No Way Out” pay-per-view and who’s my favorite to win the briefcase at next month’s “Money in the Bank.”
Game 1 of the NBA Finals – Heat vs. Thunder game overview
Russell Westbrook and what NBA Hall of Famer and “NBA’s 50 Greatest” his game reminds me of. (Never been compared to)
(I do not own the rights to the following songs)
Kevin MacLeod – Cut & Run
Glory Nugget – Iron Bacon
Kayne West & Lupe Fiasco – Touch the Sky
Kevin MacLeod – Organic Grunge
Kevin MacLeod – Zap Beat
Kevin MacLeod – Cut & Dry
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Here’s the link to the first episode… BA Today Show – June 11, 2012
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
Watching and listening to everything that has come out of the Xavier & Cincinnati scuffle is just funny. It’s funny to me because it shows immaturity, bad decisions, bias, and just plain stupidity. I wanted to make sure I gave myself a day or two before I formed my concrete opinion on the matter. I wanted to see how the administration reacted and penalized the players and coaches. I wanted to see if the players retracted their statements and see what lousy public relations statement the schools’ cooked up for them. The matter all started when Cincinnati players made some statements on twitter stating that Xavier guard Tu Holloway wouldn’t even start on their team. Holloway took offense to this. Are you kidding me Holloway? You’re going to get upset about comments on twitter? If someone asked you the same question about one of your players you would have done the same thing. Why? Because those are the guys you have practiced with and you have grown to respect all their hard work. You’re supposed to have each other’s back. No matter what you’re asked you say you would have nobody else out there with you because you are a team. I don’t care if LeBron James magically comes and says he wants on your team you say no. That right there shows immaturity to me. As the game was coming to an end and Xavier was cruising to a victory of over twenty points Holloway starts mouthing off on the court and before we know it there’s a brawl on the court. The only players we can have respect for is the ones who were trying to separate and control the situation. For those players I want to say I’m sorry to. You’re going to be remembered as the thugs and gangsters that got in that fight at Xavier instead of the ones who were mature enough to realize the entire fight was ignorant and stupid. The bad decision comes from the coach who actually allowed his players to go out and talk to the media. Coach… are you serious bro? (Zack Ryder reference couldn’t help it.) Your players just got into a fight and you’re going to then throw them out to the lions of the press to be eaten up? We then got statements from Holloway saying:
“We got a whole bunch of gangsta’s over here. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court and we went out there and zipped em’ up at the end of the game. That’s our motto to zip em’ up”
The media and the fans have a short attention span. All they got out of your statement was bunch of gangsters, tough guys on court, and we zipped them up. Then Mark Lyons went on to say:
“Where we from, You gon do something back.”
I can just shake my head because I knew all hell was going to break out after two African American men made these statements. There are still racist people out there in the world and they’re looking for any reason to justify being that way. When you embrace the ghetto terminology and environment and not only talk that way to the media but try to act like it on the court, you’re making yourself look like an idiot as well as the school you are representing. You’re also hurting the credibility for all those great people who are mature and respectable and happen to be African American. There are kids out there who are struggling to pay tuition and you’re lucky enough to have the skills to play a game and get a free education for it, but because someone says they’re better than you you’re going to throw that all away? That’s where I come to my last point of plain out stupidity. The repercussion of the matter was that Yancy Gates, the player who landed a punch, got the biggest 6-game suspension for the matter. In my opinion, that doesn’t go far enough. The player that got sucker punch has the right to press criminal charges. I’ve seen a case where that actually happened in a high school game and the kid was sent away to juvenile prison and Gates only has to miss six games? Are you kidding me? Anyone who was escalating the fight should get six games and the players who threw punches should be kicked off the team or suspended for the season. As a future athletic director (hopefully), you need to care more about the person and not the player. You’ve just shown this kid that a punch only equals two or three weeks of no basketball and that’s it. He will forget about by the end of the season for sure. You need to make an example to your team, your coach, and the rest of the league that there are more important things then basketball.
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
For those of you who do not know Russell Westbrook, he is an emerging basketball star for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is the starting point guard who was very much criticized for his play in the western conference playoffs. The biggest issue with Westbrook could be considered his head. At times he can get out of control and have high turnover numbers and shoot the ball as many times as his fellow all-star teammate Kevin Durant. He also has his own “Why Not” theory that he has on his wristbands and promotes on twitter with his #WhyNotWednesdays. I by no means disagree with his theory. As soon as you think you can’t do something you are already limiting what you can do. I love his why not ideology and even though certain coaches believe you need to play within yourself and play within the team philosophy Russell Westbrook is such an explosive and athletically gifted specimen that he might not have any limits. He can get to the rim almost anytime he wants to and either score or draw a foul. He can also create his own shot whenever he wants.
As a player who was drafted in 2008 out of UCLA he has incredible talent but is still a maturing talent. He played the shooting guard role and is still learning to be a point guard. With all the attention that Russell Westbrook has gotten, with the media and fans finally getting to see him play in the western conference finals, and them labeling him as reckless and a ball hog I couldn’t help but taking a different look at the situation as a Thunder fan. Westbrook is a beautiful distraction to a possible bigger issue. What is the biggest issue with LeBron James right now? That he doesn’t show up in big games, he plays timid, he doesn’t have that killer instinct. If Durant didn’t have Westbrook taking all the criticism for all the Thunder losses Kevin Durant would be in the same situation as LeBron. Durant has games where he looks amazing and he has that killer instinct. He takes it to the hole and draws fouls and is almost automatic at the free throw line. The games where the offense is stagnant and Durant isn’t driving and settles for three-point shots the Thunder are in trouble.
The Thunder’s offense does not have a low post game at all. Not even Durant at 6’10”. If Durant, Harden, Manor, and Cook aren’t knocking down their shots and Perkins and Ibaka aren’t getting cheap put back points the only play-makers the Thunder have are Westbrook and Harden. Harden is a good shooter and is more suited for a pick and roll motion type of offense which works well with the players around him but if they can’t hit shots it’s useless. Enter Westbrook, a player who drives to the lane with almost a reckless abandonment style and can get to the rim any time he wants. At 6’3” he is normally faster, taller, and stronger than whoever is guarding him. He’s fearless when he takes it to the hole. He isn’t afraid of contact. He absorbs it. He’s a great free throw shooter and isn’t afraid of getting fouled. Westbrook has the killer instinct. He just isn’t in the position where it’s acceptable to have it. When you’re on a team with the multiple time scoring champion I guess you’re only allowed to play side kick and facilitate the ball. There’s no room to be partners in crime. When the media tried to inflate the situation by asking if Durant had a problem with Westbrook’s shot selection and quantity Durant basically said he loves Westbrook as a teammate and encourages him to play his game.
So when it comes to all of the attention that surrounds Russell Westbrook and the type of player he is I can only think what Durant is thinking. Durant doesn’t want the ball in his hands all the time and having to create his own shots. He wants to curl on a screen and shoot three pointers. He wants to slash without the ball. Westbrook is a great compliment to his game as he always has that killer instinct when the pressure might be getting to Durant in key games and he becomes timid if his shots aren’t falling. Why not Westbrook? You’re telling me Westbrook can’t take over a game? Why not? Over the off-season Westbrook trained with the same trainer Derrick Rose used before his MVP season. Westbrook focused on improving his jumper that had a slight lean. He believes that has been corrected. He also focused on a low-post game as he is one of the bigger point guards in the game today. A floater has also been added to his arsenal of weapons increasing his percentages within five feet when he drives and doesn’t get the fouls called. Even though realistically it’s hard to say that Westbrook will win a MVP anytime soon with Durant being on the same team it’s still possible. He did post pretty similar numbers to Rose last season. Why not a future MVP? Why not a future NBA champion? I guess only time will tell but expect an even better season for Russell Westbrook in his 4th season.
BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
“Tis the season” you might hear a lot of people say around Christmas time. But what I say is tis the season for sports lovers. This is the period of time that sports fans enjoy being fans and amateur critics. Right now we have the end of the regular season in the National Football League (NFL). Fantasy sports fan know its playoff time and how their week goes depends on how their players play. For the normal fans this is the time of the year where you’re fighting to make it to the playoffs. The best is being brought out of each team in the last few weeks for that opportunity to win a championship. Can Tebow continue to will his team to victory week after week and get into the playoffs? Will the Packers rest their players week 17 against the Lions now with no chance at perfection? Who finishes with the worst record with the chance to draft highly touted prospect Andrew Luck?
Major League Baseball (MLB) is having their offseason where we get to wake up each morning with excitement of a new signings and trades to help our team improve upon last season. We get to see signings we thought wouldn’t happen, ala Albert Pujols going to the Los Angeles Angels, and get to judge whether the trades that are pulled off such as Matt Latos coming to Cincinnati and wondering if the Reds gave up too much to get him. Does signing Carlos Beltran improve the Cardinals chances at repeating or does signing Yu Darvish make the Rangers a lock straight to the World Series for the third season in a row? Does YouTube sensation Yoenis Cespedes sign with the Yankees? How will the Marlins do with their new expensive budget and new stadium?
Normally we have been about two months into the National Basketball Association (NBA) and are starting to see what teams are for real and what teams simply can’t put their pieces together and need to start looking for trades. Even right now with the NBA starting their season on Christmas we are all excited to see the new look teams with a fast and furious offseason of acquisitions. Chris Paul did end in Los Angeles but he’s wearing a Clippers Jersey. Are the Mavericks going to repeat? Can the Heat finally come through in the clutch or did the Bulls picking up Rip Hamilton pick up the edge to triumph over the hated Heat. Can the young teams of Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzles continue to improve and possibly surpass the aging Mavericks?
I’ll be honest and admit that I’m not the biggest hockey fan. I do enjoy going to games and I enjoy staying informed when the playoffs begin but even the National Hockey League has been exciting to that fan base with the season being halfway through. The Chicago Blackhawks are back to being in first place in their division after a disappointing season last year. College basketball is off and running and college football has bowl games going on around us. The bigger bowl games will be here before we know it. Will the LSU vs. Alabama turn into more of an offensive game compared to their first battle? Which NFL prospects will shine brighter in the Stanford vs. Oklahoma State Tostitos Bowl?
So while the majority of the world are enjoying unwrapping their Christmas presents and getting ready for their New Year’s Eve parties the sports fans of the world are keeping their phones in their hands and their wandering eyes on the television. Instead of playing their new Call of Duty game they’re watching the great matchups on Christmas day. Instead of getting “chocolate wasted” on New Year’s Eve they’re making sure all their fan fanatics attention span is ready for the major bowl games starting on January 2nd and on. Tailgating is their time party. Other fans have their phones blowing up with twitter following all the new plot twists and turns on MLB acquisitions. Whatever sport is your passion or whatever combination of sports gets your juices going this is definitely one of the best times of the year for sports. Now all we have to do is sit back and let all the different stories unfold and simply go along for the ride and enjoy it.
1) Miami Heat
2) Chicago Bulls
3) Boston Celtics
4) New York Knicks
5) Orlando Magic
6) Atlanta Hawks
7) Indiana Pacers
8) Philadelphia 76ers
1) Oklahoma City Thunder
2) Dallas Mavericks
3) San Antonio Spurs
4) Los Angeles Clippers
5) Los Angeles Lakers
6) Memphis Grizzlies
7) Portland Trail Blazers
8) Golden State Warriors
Heat vs. Thunder in Finals
Heat winning in 6