Thursday, November 13, 2014
The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can really ponder their decisions
Voting for the All-Star game which will be held Feb. 15 game in New York, will begin Dec. 11 and conclude at the end of the day Jan. 19
The ballot on NBA.com will for the first time feature every player in the league. It use to only included 60 players per conference who had been selected by a media panel. I think this gives underrated players a chance to shine instead of the same players being considered every year!
Fans will continue to vote as usual for three frontcourt players and two guards to start for each conference.
President of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Thursday "Our choice to include all NBA players is both a tribute to their skills and achievements, and another way to engage our fans in the full experience of NBA All-Star by giving them every option."
Monday, September 8, 2014
I woke up this morning to a very disturbing video. I thought I was having a nightmare (Ok..that was a tad bit dramatic but…whatever). It showed Ravens running back Ray Rice “Mayweathering” his now-wife (then fiancé). I watched it several times. Each time getting more and more upset at the leniency Rice had been granted. (And then I got selfish…Upset at the fact that I had to drop Josh Gordon from my fantasy team because he is suspended for the YEAR for smoking marijuana and here this woman beating scumbag is with a 2 game suspension. *I digress*).
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|Source: Smashing Top Ten|
It was 40 years ago today that Hank Aaron did what most thought was impossible. On April 8, 1974, the Atlanta Brave hit home run number 715.On that day he broke Babe Ruth's total home run record -- something few thought could ever be done.
It was an incredible accomplishment made even more incredible because it happened in the shadow of hate and death threats. Those threats came from people who did not want an African-American to claim such an important record.
CNN wrote a very intriguing story detailing how hank overcame the hate to become the BEST and what all the hate entailed. Read it here
Friday, January 17, 2014
A woman’s insight on sports is not always taken seriously and rightfully so (for the most part). There are women out here, like me, who genuinely love the game of football or sports in general and can hold an in depth convo about it with any guy. And theeen there are the women who are just acting like they are into the game because they are trying to impress a guy. I’ve decided to make my picks for the Divisional rounds using my “girl that really doesn’t like football but will go to the watch party because there are going to be guys there” perspective.
PATRIOTS V BRONCOS
Ok so I really don’t like Brady’s attitude sometime. He seems like he’d be more of a diva than me. Hogging the bathroom and taking up my space in the closet. Ugh! Any man like that CANNOT be a good football right? However, ya’ll know I like my men rough around the edges and that Brady dude has 2 babies out of wedlock by 2 different women...that tells me he likes to take risk! I like that. So I’m kinda leaning toward him. BUT that other dude...Eli’s brother. Yea he just seems so cool out there. Like he won’t let anything rattle him and i need that in my life because my ex-boyfriend is cray cray and I need a change! Plus I like the way he runs on the field real slow, kinda like a fast walk with short steps. And his little head is so adorable lol. The Broncos uniforms are orange which is my favorite color and that guy Champ Bailey looks like my brother. Yea I’ve made up my mind. I’m going with the Broncos.
49ERS V SEAHAWKS
Oooooooohweeee everytime I see Kapernickle play I start hummmming and thinking things I have no business thinking! Who can focus on tackling when you are looking at all of that in the picture to your left?!! As I mentioned before I like my men rough around the edges but Kapernickle is rough around the edges, on the inside, in the middle, at the corners..all that. I need at least 2 more weeks of him in my life and if they lose then there won’t be any more coverage on him and I will have to resort to Googling his name just to see his face! I know Seattle is the better team (that’s what my boss says..he’s a huge fan) but they don’t really have any eye candy on their team. I mean the cuter guys usually win these things right? I don’t know. I do like dreads and it seems like half the Seahawks have dreads in their head. Takes me back to my roots! Plus that Lynch guy eats Skittles which is my favorite snack. I’m really torn on this one. Hmmmm.....well, since I don’t even know what a 49er is.....I’ll roll with the birds. The Seahawks.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Sunday 4:40 PM ET CBSChargers (9-7) Broncos (13-3)
NFL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS
Total Offense- Chargers: 24th Broncos: 26thPassing- Chargers: 30th Broncos: 29th
Rushing- Chargers: 3rd Broncos: 11th
Total Defense- Chargers: 5th Broncos: 2ndPass Defense- Chargers: 4th Broncos: 6th
Rush Defense- Chargers: 26th Broncos: 2nd
The goal is clear: Keeping Manning off the field. The Chargers are the only team to hold Peyton's Broncos to under 400 yards -- and they did it twice this season.The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers split their series this season. As a matter of fact, the only three teams the Broncos lost to this season are the three teams left in the AFC playoffs—the Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots! *the plot thickens*
In the Chargers' Week 15 win over the Broncos, San Diego's defense limited Manning to seven yards per attempt and picked him off once, but it was their offense—led by rookie receiver Keenan Allen (2 TD’s) and running back Ryan Mathews (127 yards and a TD)—that made the biggest difference. However, Mathews may not be available for this one.
Look for Manning to shake the playoff ghost that haunts him of not getting it done in the post season. He has too many weapons for the Chargers defense to match up with, and he's not going to lose to a team that handed him his last loss.
Sunday 1:05 PM ET FOX49ers (12-4) Panthers (12-4)
NFL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS
Total Offense- 49ers: 24th Panthers: 26thPassing- 49ers: 30th Panthers: 29th
Rushing- 49ers: 3rd Panthers: 11thTotal Defense- 49ers: 5th Panthers: 2nd
Pass Defense- 49ers: 4th Panthers: 6thRush Defense- 49ers: 26th Panthers: 2nd
It’s clear, based on the rankings above that this will not be a offensive game. With the exception of the run game, both these teams fall no better than 24th on the offensive side of the ball. So that means one thing…we will get a dose of a 10-9 score game. Which was the score when they met in Week 10.
That Panthers victory at San Francisco featured the fewest combined yards (401) of any NFL game this season and one of just eight games that had only one touchdown scored between the two teams. The primary difference between then and now is that 49ers have Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Aldon Smith at full capacity.
This is probably the most evenly matched match up of the weekend.The 49ers and Panthers will have to rely upon their defenses. For San Francisco, it's a great front seven with one of the best linebacker corps in the league and in Carolina, it's the best young linebacker in the NFL (Luke Kuechly) with a great defensive line in front of him.
Both defenses are going to have their hands full with both 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Panthers QB Cam Newton as they can win on the ground and through the air. This season, Newton has been the better player, but Kaepernick has the better surrounding cast.
The 49ers haven't lost with Michael Crabtree on the field this season
Pick: 49ersConfidence: 3
Saturday8:15 PM ET CBS
NFL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS
Total Offense- Colts: 15th Patriots : 7thPassing- Colts: 17th Patriots: 10th
Rushing- Colts: 20th Patriots: 9thTotal Defense- Colts: 20th Patriots: 26th
Pass Defense- Colts: 13th Patriots: 18thRush Defense- Colts: 26th Patriots: 30th
Past meets present when the Indianapolis Colts (11-5) face the New England Patriots (12-4) for what feels like the umpteenth time in the past 10 years. Only this time, instead of Manning it's Luck who will be trying to knock Patriots quarterback Tom Brady out of the playoffs at home.
Both Luck and Brady are missing a lot of their supporting talent this weekend, with Luck without receiver Reggie Wayne and Brady without Wes Welker, and both his prime tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Long story short, Luck can't afford to turn the ball over three times in New England. The Pats have forced 170 turnovers over the past five years, the most in the NFL. The last thing the Colts want to do is give Tom Brady short fields -- or get behind 38-10.Last week, the Colts gave up 44 points. What if the Chiefs hadn't lost Jamal Charles, Brandon Flowers, Don Avery..and more? This would be a different write up. Indy's defense must stop the run, as the Pats have run the football 77 times over their past two games. Unfortunately, this isn't the Colts strength, as evidenced above by their No. 26 ranking in run defense. Oh, well. …better Luck next year J
Saturday 4:35 PM ET FOX
Seahawks (13-3) Saints (11-5)
NFL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS
Total Offense- Saints: 4th Seahawks : 17th
Passing- Saints: 2nd Seahawks : 24th
Rushing- Saints: 25th Seahawks: 4th
Total Defense- Saints: 4th Seahawks : 1st
Pass Defense- Saints: 2nd Seahawks : 1st
Rush Defense- Saints: 19th Seahawks : 7th
I’m not big on stats because if there is even a 1% percent chance that something can happen then it may happen…BUT here's a stat to believe in...teams that lost a regular season game by 27+ points and played that same team on the road in the postseason are 2-9. The Seahawks’ handed the Saints a 34-7 beat down in Week 13. The Seahawks have won five consecutive postseason home games -- tied for the longest active streak (tied with the Saints!).
However, this game won’t be like the Week 13 game. This game will be more balanced and a game of strength versus strength.. The Seahawks “Legion of Boom” versus the Saints explosive offensive attack.
Where the Seahawks win this game, however, is by rattling Saints quarterback Drew Brees as they did in their last matchup, when they racked up six QB hits and a sack.
The Seahawks have allowed 13 points per game at home this season, the best in the NFL. That includes just seven points from the Saints in Week 13. Can New Orleans do better this time around? I say YES! This could be the upset of the week. I wouldn’t be surprised. However, the Seahawks still have more talent and depth than the New Orleans Saints. So while it will be a closer game, Seattle still wins. (and I will probably make sure all my Saints fan friends know about it via Facebook :-) )
Pick: Seattle Seahawks
Thursday, January 9, 2014
ESPN.com's NFL Nation anonymous survey asked more than 320 players "Who is the most feared player in the NFL?"
The results are in:
Voted at the top for obviously different reasons, one has the reputation as the dirtiest player in the league while the other is among the league's most dangerous offensive weapons… both are Detroit Lions.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh led all players with 61 votes (19 percent), and WR Calvin Johnson followed with 58 votes. No other player received more than 30 votes, and 48 players had at least one vote.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Time of call: 12:44 am, November 11th, 2013
Hello? Hey…it’s me…The Beauty of Sports.
I’m just here on my couch having a few glasses of Moscato and thinking about you and about us.
I probably shouldn’t have called but…I have a few things to get off my chest. I guess I was just wondering, what happened?
I know you are hurting…Sean and the boyz got some injuries and that’s understood, but dang (sigh) I, I just don’t know. I feel empty, you know?
It’s not just about the Saints loss….(I had that down as a “L” anyway). It’s about me feeling I’m the only one that sees it! The only one that gets it. I feel I should be there with you during this time to talk to you and give you the information I think can help our relationship work..but you won’t tweet me back.
I just want it to go back to the way it was when we were riding high and it seemed like nothing could stop us.
It’s like everybody loves us together as a couple but we have sooooooo many haters that don’t want to see our relationship work out. I will never give them the luxury. I will always be here for you. Ride or die remember?! BUT I need a break. A two week break to be exact.
YOU KNOW WHAT?!! SOMETIMES I WONDER IF YOU EVEN CARE!!! I MEAN, DO YOU? DO YOU EVEN CARE???? OR IS IT JUST ALLLLL ABOUT YOU?? HAVE YOU EVEN STOPPED TO THINK ABOUT HOW YOUR ACTIONS AFFECT US? DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT ME?!! SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I HATE YOU!!!
I’m sorry. (crying) I didn’t mean to yell. It’s just that, I miss what we had.
I’m just…I’m lost. I can’t believe you did what you did and I can’t believe who you did it with. The Saints? Those skanks? I’m just saying…I think you could do better.
Anyways, I want to know what we can do to make this right again. Or have you moved on, already? Yeah, I bet that’s what it is. You’ve moved on already.
YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU’RE SO FREAKIN SELFISH!!! SERIOUSLY! IF YOU CARED ABOUT ME, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE LET THINGS GET TO THIS POINT. YOU WOULD HAVE DONE WHATEVER IT TOOK TO MAKE IT WORK. YOU PUT ME ON THIS EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER AND YOU EXPECT ME TO JUST GET OVER IT? REALLY? JUST LIKE THAT?? I HATE YOU!!!!!
I don’t hate you. You know I don’t mean that. I’m just hurt.
I probably shouldn’t have called. I’m sorry I called.
(pours more wine)
Maybe this time apart will be good for us. Maybe once we think about what went wrong, we can figure out how to make it right. But only two weeks apart, okay? Maybe once the bye is over we can start fresh. I really think we can have what we had again.
Well, you were probably busy so I won’t keep you any longer. And I know you probably think I’m drunk but I’m not. I’m just emotional and having a hard time dealing with things.
So anyways, I’ll let you go.
Before I do…please say those four little words to me. I know it’s hard to say but I need to hear it.
Okay, I’ll go first…(Deep and heavy sigh)
“How Bout Them Cowboys”
Phew! Feels good to get that out.
Please don’t report this call. It violates my restraining order.