Monday, May 21, 2012

Choke On This

….Is what was being said in the head of King James on Sunday as he and Wade defeated the Indiana Pacers in  Game 4 on Sunday. This of course in reference to bench warmer Lance Stephenson (who has scored fewer points in his two years in the NBA than Lebron has in his last five playoff games AND received his sixth DNP-CD in the Pacers nine postseason games)  directing the choke gesture to Lebron as he missed a free throw in Miami’s Game 3 loss to the Pacers. I said bad move little one…bad move.
Since joining the Miami Heat, LeBron James has been labeled a narcissist, choker, flopper, overrated, etc etc.. But on most nights he should be called the best basketball player in the world.
During Sunday’s Game 4 win against the Indiana Pacers, James became the first player since Elgin Baylor to go for 40 points (with no 3 pointers and 12-16 from the field), 18 rebounds and 9 assists in a playoff game. He outplayed the entire Pacers team in the 2nd half. He lead the Heat in points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, and fell one short of leading in blocks.
James scored or assisted on 62 of the Heat's 101 points Sunday.
Lebron plays the role of Jordan, Rodman, Longley, and Paxson, and Wade plays Pippen.
With forward Chris Bosh out indefinitely, the James-Wade tag team saved the Heat.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 28 of Miami’s 30 points in the 3rd quarter (14 each), outscoring the entire Pacers team by 12 points in the quarter. The Heat seemed to be playing with two to Indiana's five.
Miami also got a huge lift down the stretch from Haslem, who has been a non-factor in the series but made four big jumpers in the final six minutes.
 The Heat now head home back with the matchup now coming down to a best-of-three series with two of the games in MIA.
I err on the side of caution…as amazing as James/Wade performances were, the Pacers hung tough, they wouldn’t go away…you wonder if Miami can win it all without an extraordinary performance out of James AND Wade every night. You can’t play 2 on 5 against San Antonio or OKC…. if they make it that far.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Quickie: VY Signs with Buffalo Bills

Former Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.
The former Eagles and Titans signal caller agreed to a $2 million deal with an additional $1 million in playing time incentives, according to
The former third overall pick out of Texas has had an up-and-down career since being selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans where he spent the first five years of his career, but eventually lost his starting job after falling out of favor with then-Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
Young spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. Young wasn't re-signed by the Eagles after completing his one-year contract. He played in 6 games (starting in three of those games) for Philadelphia last season, throwing for 866 yards and four touchdowns with nine interceptions
Young will compete for the backup quarterback spot with Tyler Thigpen behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Young has thrown for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns and rushed for 1,459 yards and 12 scores during his NFL career.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oh, When The Saints Go Marching....Out

4 Players Suspended in New Orleans Saints Bounty Scandal

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, continued  handing out red cards today as he suspended four current and former New Orleans Saints players for various lengths of time for their roles in a scandal involving bonuses for trying to hurt opponents. The league said the suspended players – Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith – had leadership roles in the bounty program.
Defensive end Will Smith will sit out four games. Anthony Hargrove, a former Saints defensive end who signed with the Green Bay Packers in March, was given an eight-game suspension. Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, was suspended for three games.Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, got hit the hardest with a suspension that will last the entire 2012-2013 NFL season. That suspension is effective immediately per league policy for season-long suspensions.