Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Will The Cowboys Win on Thanksgving?

Eagles (8-3) have only beaten the Cowboys (8-3) once in the past 2 seasons. That is my storyline when I begin to debate rather the Cowboys will win on Thanksgiving Day. The sole win was a 2 point victory to backup QB Kyle Orton. That loss was a big loss because it knocked the Cowboys out of playoff contention, BUT. It’s still just one win. It seems the Cowboys scout team have the Eagles figured out.
However, both teams will enter into Thursday’s game not looking like the same teams that faced off last December. The Eagles have no Desean Jackson, no Nick Foles (out with injury), Mark Sanchez will get the start, and they’ve added special teams firecracker Darren Sproles. The Cowboys…well the running game is beyond better than then, Tony Romo is healthy, the OL is giving him time to sit in the pocket and think about what he’s having for dinner, and the most shocking of all…the defense is playing waaaaay beyond expectations. Ranked 17th compared to dead last when the season ended last year.
The key to winning this game for the Cowboys is simple…. Run the ball well. And give our defense less time on the field by keeping the up-tempo Eagles offense off the field. When the Cowboys defense is on the field for longer than 30 minutes in a game the Cowboys lose. The only exception was Sunday versus the Giants whose time of possession was greater than The Cowboys at 45 minutes but thanks to great play by Romo down the stretch they pulled it off. The Cowboys defense was on the field for a season-high 74 plays Sunday night and it showed as they looked gassed near the end. The Eagles average 72.7 plays a game. The Cowboys defense has only been on the field for an average of 60.5 plays per game.

This is what I’m telling myself (and you) to convince that the Cowboys will win…..
The Eagles are ranked really low (30th I think) in passing yards per attempt defense, while the Cowboys are #2 in passing yards per attempt offense. The Eagles are -8 in turnovers with 27 turnovers and 19 takeaways. The Cowboys are -1 with 19 turnovers and 18 takeaways. I would be doing you an injustice if I didn’t mentioned that Mark Sanchez has turned the ball over this year 8 times in his 4 starts. Romo…6 times in 10 starts. DeMarcco Murray is averaging about 5 yards per carry… the Eagles are giving up an average of 3.9 yards per rushing attempt. Houston averages 3.9 given up per rushing attempt and Seattle averages 3.5 rushing yards given up per attempt. How did they do against the Cowboys?
My only concern going into this game for the Cowboys is that although they are undefeated on the road….they are 3-3 at home. They have to show and show whose house it is. Represent the Star and send the Eagles home with their wings tucked between their legs.
Let’s get ready to rumble jive turkeys!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Derrick "The Glass" Rose

Call him Derrick "The Glass" Rose!

If I turn on my TV and here that Derrick Rose has another injury...I'm going to...well I don't know what I'm going to do but I'm not even a Bulls fan and I'm frustrated! So I can only imagine how Bulls fans are feeling today. Ugh!

Rose, who has not started and finished two consecutive games this season, left the game Tuesday night versus the Denver Nuggets with an injury after playing a full 10 minutes.  Rose was 1-for-4 from the field for two points in 10 minutes, but was not aggressive when he was on the floor.

The Bulls listed the injury as left hamstring tightness, but Rose said after the game his hamstring was fine and he did not have a setback. He was "just trying to be smart" given his recent injury history.

Rose just returned to the floor this Monday night versus the Utah Jazz after missing the previous four games due to the same injury. He scored 18 points in 25 minutes.

Rose has missed eight games already this season, four others because of sprained ankles. writer Tim Reynolds posted this pic on twitter delineating every bump, bruise and tear Rose has had as a pro.

At this rate you can expect me to write more of the same post several times this year.

Good day.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NBA All-Star Ballot Will Include All Players

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 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."

 I agree.