Wired for Sports, Thursday, November 1st – Hour 2

Wired For Sports 11/1/12 Hour 2

 

Chris “New York” Mitchell and Chris “Boston” Speziale breakdown the the NBA’s Eastern Conference.  How will the Knicks, Nets and Celtics fare?  Who will the surprise teams be?  The answers might shock you.  Give us a listen!

Wired for Sports, Thursday, November 1st – Hour 1

Wired For Sports 11/1/12 Hour 1

Chris “New York” Mitchell and Chris “Boston” Speziale bring you their NBA preview!  In hour one we breakdown the West Conference.  Who’s in and who’s out of the playoffs?  Plus, just how good can the Celtics be this season after the loss of Ray Allen.  Check it out!

And The New Lakers Coach Is…

Mikebrowncavs1-237x300 TINTON FALLS, N.J. – It was announced earlier today that former Cavaliers coach, Mike Brown, is the new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown, who will be the 22nd Lakers coach will sign a four year, $18.25 million contract, according to ESPN Los Angeles.

This is great news for Brown, 41, who has been serving as an analyst for ESPN after being fired from the Cleveland Caveliers, last year. 

With a highly rated coach like Brown, Lakers better make it this time. There's no more possible excuses.

Former NBA Player Dies

Robert-traylor TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Robert "Tractor" Traylor was found dead in his Puerto Rican beach apartment this morning. The cause of death has yet to be reported. Friends say Traylor was missing for three days before they checked his apartment to discover he had been dead.

The 34 year old was playing for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rico. Traylor was not active and was in rehab for a heel injury.

He was a McDonald's All-Star and was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1998 from the University of Michigan. 

Photo by Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated.

Worst Title Game Ever

Earlier this week I had the idea of writing about how college basketball is so much better then the professional level because of teams like VCU and Butler.

Butler and VCU played in one of the lowest-ranked final four games in history, and for the second year in a row low-seeded Butler headed to the National Championship to play UConn.

I would have loved to write that story, but instead I get to write about how Butler failed to show up.

Butler shot an awful 18.8 percent from the field (12-64) and only 27.3 percent from the three point line (9-33) in their disappointing 53-41 loss to UConn.

Stars Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack combined to go 5-28 with 20 points between them, and UConn held the Bulldogs to just 19 points in the second half.

But don't toot your horn too loud Connecticut. The Huskies only shot 34.5 percent from the field (19-55) and 9.1 percent from beyond the arc (1-11). Kemba Walker only managed to score 16 points on 5-19 shooting, although he did have nine rebounds.

In case your wondering, Butler's 18.8 field goal percentage is indeed the worst in National Championship history, about three points lower then Washington State's 21.5 percentage back in 1941.

The fact that this was a title game between a three and eight seed didn't help as it is, but I can only assume the TV ratings must have been awful. It was expected that the National Championship would see a lot of empty seats in the stands tonight, although that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Regardless, this game might go down as one of the worst in Men's Division I history, but it's also going to go down as the game Butler should have won. Last year they came into center stage by losing to Duke at the buzzer of the title game, and this year many fans had them beating UConn. However, they not only failed to win but choked in the process, having the worst shooting performance in the game's history.

Brackets were busted, teams were upset, and at the end of the day UConn walked away with a National Championship. We should give it up to them for winning it all, but hopefully next year's championship game won't be as ugly as some brackets.

 

One and done – Formula for disaster for big NCAA schools

If you are a Kentucky Wildcat fan it probably doesn't shock you how much of a roller coaster ride the last two seasons have been with Coach John Calipari at the helm. For the most part the rest of the country probably doesn't give it much thought. But the truth is, what is happening at the collegiate level of men's basketball is a formula for disaster for many of the Div 1 Goliaths.

Yes, the schools like Kentucky draw the elite, the McDonald's All-Americans and National All-stars. They hang that carrot of high visibility at a legendary program, coupled with loads of playing time to showcase their skills to the NBA wolves drooling to snatch up the next Michael Jordon / Lebron James. And just like that, the schools purge the majority of their starters and are in a perpetual rebuilding and relearning process.

This is nothing more than a farce. These schools offer a free ride to many of these athletes. Many of them have absolutely no intention of staying at the universities for four years. At the same, many young people who need the financial assistance of a scholarship are being left to their own to figure out how to pay for their education.

I'm not sure what the answer is. Maybe it is a multi-level deal where the players actually sign binding contracts to obtain these Div 1 scholarships so their intentions are known up front. There has to be some way to hold these 18-19yr old soon-to-be millionaires accountable to the universities that take a chance on them.

 

Let's Hope The NBA Locks Out

I've written a few stories on the NBA this season, including how awful All-Star Weekend was this year, but now my focus is on the league as a whole.

With a lockout looming after the Finals this June, the NBA will likely go into long negotiations like the NFL is currently involved in. The only difference about the two labor talks is that nobody will care about basketball as they do football.

Football is slowly creeping up behind baseball as America's sport. There is constant competition at the top, teams rising and falling every season, and new players becoming elite as others begin to fall out of their prime. It is what makes the sport great, what makes fans want to watch, and which is why the sport will be missed if there is a lockout.

The same can't be said for basketball. The NBA is slowly becoming a joke to most people in this country, as a majority of their issues involve technical fouls and dress codes. The league is now filled with "super teams" like the Miami Heat and New York Knicks that load up on superstars to win a championship. The best teams in the league are the Lakers, Spurs, Celtics, and Mavericks, teams that have been consistently at the top for at least a decade.

What bothers me the most is the playoff system. Like the NHL, the NBA puts the top eight teams from two conferences in the playoffs and have seven game series until a champion is crowned. But if you look at the standings in the East this year, you'd be shocked to see the competition. The top five teams (Chicago, Miami, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta) are all solid with winning percentages above .550, but then the final three drop of dramatically.

The Sixers are currently sixth with a 40-36 record, and the final two spots are filled with under .500 teams. The seventh seed Knicks and eighth seed Pacers are likely to get into the playoffs with a current combined record of 72-80, while teams over .500 in the West are likely to miss the playoffs altogether. The Rockets (40-36) are currently the 9th team in the West, but would have been a six seed in the East.

To put this in perspective, consider the constant bashing the Seattle Seahawks received after making last year's NFL playoffs with a 7-9 record. People demanded a new playoff system, that the Seahawks withdraw from the playoffs, and to rather install a second Wild Card team rather then have a 7-9 team in the playoffs.

In the NBA, we are looking at potentially TWO teams under five hundred going up against elite teams like the Bulls and Heat. However, nothing is being said and the league is letting it go as if there is no issue. This is just among the many reasons why the NBA shouldn't be taken seriously, and why a lockout would benefit David Stern and his gang.

Whatever they decide to do, the NBA needs to pull an NHL and change the game altogether. Perhaps they don't need to make it more flashy (considering 8 of the top 10 plays on Sportscenter are dunks), but maybe they should reconsider a realignment or a balance in the free agent market. Do away with the "Big 3's" and allow teams like the Nets and Timberwolves to have their fair share.

But until then, I will not respect the NBA All-Star Game, their playoffs, or the way they do off-season business. Nobody cares about their draft as it is, and I can only imagine the ridicule the league will receive if a lockout does take place. It's going to be an interesting year for NBA heads, but hopefully they get the wake up call that something needs to be changed.

 

Understanding Ozzie

ozzie guillen crazy.jpgWhether he's hawking random expletives, labeling Jay Mariotti as "a garbage" or mumbling Spanglish idioms no one understands during the World Series on Fox, Ozzie Jose Guillen is always entertaining.

And while his latest project may be getting Jake Peavy to respect his own body (regarding injury, not that Jesusy "your body is a temple" stuff), we should all certainly stop to thank the baseball gods that, despite his busy schedule, Ozzie still has time to tweet.

Oh yes. 

Ozzie tweets.

It's just that… sometimes, his tweets… they're not easy to comprehend.  And that's where RSBS and our faithful interns get to work!

Let us enter the interwebs to analyze some of Ozzie's latest…

My dog dh needs a gf he want to be charlie sheen he is desperate lol
March 3, 2011
Translation: I think it'd be funny if my dog did a bunch of coke, assaulted hookers and got fired from the best job in television, 'cuz let's face it: self-destruction is hilarious.

Very nice day off great golf 89 finnaly play good any cuestion ask oney lol yesssss
March 15, 2011
Translation: Punctuation?  Spelling?  I don't need no stinking punctuation or spelling!  Ask one of my delinquent sons!

Nice shot james lol

February 24, 2011
Translation: Bet you wish you had a Derrick Rose, right, LeBron?!?!  (this tweet came during one of the Bulls' three victories over the Heat — right after LeBron threw up a humiliating BRICK towards the end of the game.)

Open a jack in the box in chicago please
February 24, 2011
Translation: I have an E Coli addiction and I need a fix!  Stat!

And, finally…

Getting ready to watch bruno the movie lol… Joey cora favorite movie
March 19, 2011 (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2)
Translation: Joey Cora is gay.

Folks, this is but a small sampling of the logorrheic ramblings Ozzie spews on a daily basis, which is definitely cause to celebrate technocracy.  Just imagine if Earl Weaver had a twitter… oh boy.

Hate me, I don't care.  Just don't hate me 'cuz I'm right.

Peace,

Jeff

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Maryland women advance to NCAA tournament seeded fourth

The Maryland women’s team managed to do something the men could not, earn a post-season bid.

The lady Terps earned a No.4 seed in the NCAA tournament after going 23-7 and 9-5 in the ACC. Maryland will tip off against the 13-seeded St. Francis at 12:20 p.m. on Sunday in College Park. Along with the Maryland game, No. 5 Georgetown and No. 12 Princeton will also play in College Park on Sunday.

This is the 19th time the Terps have made the NCAA tournament and the seventh in head coach Brenda Freese’s nine year career with Maryland. A 12-year head coach, Freese has led her teams to four sweet sixteens, four elite eights, and one national championship in 2006 with the Terps.

Maryland has an all-time 27-17 record in the NCAA tournament to go with a 10-2 record inBrenda  tournament games played in College Park.

A win against the Red Flash will earn them a game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. where they will play the winner of the Gerogetown and Princeton matchup.

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