Bay Area stadium mess

July 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Proposed 49er Stadium in Santa Clara

The Bay area is home to some great professional sports franchises. The SF Giants, SF 49ers, Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders, and San Jose Sharks are considered the top-tier organizations in the area. All five teams have historic roots in the Bay area and would love nothing more than to stay here for the rest of their days. There’s only one major problem from preventing that from happening. Only two the those teams (Sharks and Giants) are happy with their current stadium situations. Read more…

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NBA Changing of the Guard

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Durant & Westbrook are set up for multiple title runs

Two of the most historic franchises in NBA history, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, have combined to win the last 3 NBA Championships.  Each team had set up its franchise to win now in 2007. The Celtics traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to go along with Paul Pierce to form Boston’s big three. The Lakers traded for Paul Gasol to along with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum. The two teams went on to meet in the 2007-2008 NBA Finals with Boston taking the title in six games and renewing the great rival between the two teams. Read more…

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1st Round 2011 NFL Draft Recap

April 29, 2011 2 comments

Cam Newton was selected 1st overall by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone but not without a few surprise picks. The draft comes at a time when players are starting to be let back into team facilities but the league year hasn’t started yet (Meaning no trades or free agent signings can occur). Despite not having the ability to trade players for picks, teams were still very active moving in and out of draft spots. Here is a quick recap of the notable picks and trades.

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2011 NBA Playoffs 1st Round Predictions

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s finally here. It is time for the NBA playoffs, where the magic truly happens. While I don’t normally like to make predictions, I’ll give it a go with the 1st round.

Memphis v. San Antonio

The Spurs earned the top seed in the west and are awarded the Grizzlies in the first round. Ginobili is doubtful for the first game of the series and it is unsure when he will be ready to play. Despite this, I like the Spurs to get pass the Grizzlies based on experience alone. San Antonio is a veteran playoff team while Memphis has not been to the post season since 2006.

New Orleans v. LA Lakers

The Lakers struggled in the final stretch of the season but had just a enough to get the number 2 seed in the west. LA is an experienced team that knows how to flip the switch when it comes to the playoffs. Even with a limited Andrew Bynum, I see the Lakers cruising through the first round.

Portland v. Dallas

Dallas lost out on the second seed to the Lakers and now have a much harder match up against Portland. The Blazers are a strong young team that looks to be a part of the playoff picture in the west for years to come. Despite the Mavericks struggles in the playoffs in the recent years, I like Dallas to win in a hard fought series.

Denver v. Oklahoma City 

Denver has surprised everyone with the way they have played since trading Carmelo Anthony before the deadline. The Thunder finished the season strong going 7-3 in there last 10 games. I am a believer that stars when playoff series and Durant will prove to be too much for Denver.

Indiana v. Chicago 

Chicago earned the number one seed behind MVP caliber play from Derrick Rose. Simply put, Chicago has way too much talent for the Pacers and this one might be done in 4 games.

Philadelphia v. Miami 

It’s time to put up or shut up for the Miami Heat. After the talk winning multiple championships during the off season the Heat need to hit the ground running during the playoffs. Earning the number 2 seed helps and I don’t see them having much of a problem with the Sixers.

New York v. Boston

Boston struggled down the stretch and it will cost them. They now have the unfortunate task of playing the dangerous new look Knicks in the first round. This may be the Celtics last chance at a title run with there age and the rise of the rest of the eastern conference. New York will put up and good fight and this one will probably go seven games but I give the edge to the more experienced Celtics.

Atlanta v. Orlando

In a rematch of last seasons second round series, the Magic and Hawks meet again. Orlando swept Atlanta last year and they have the most dominant big man in the league in Dwight Howard. Atlanta lost the last six games of the regular season and will need to turn things around fast if they want a chance. I like the Magic to win again and move on to the second round.

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NFL Draft gives a look ahead into future Superbowl Champions

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment

The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in New York City

The NFL draft is the highlight of the off season for football fans. It’s the lone opportunity during the long off season to discuss the future of your team with other sports fans. For NFL teams this is a make or break time of year. Decisions on who to draft will drastically shape the future their franchise.

Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area recently did a break down of every NFL teams’ draft picks over the last 5 years. After compiling the data he ranked all 32 teams on their draft performance during that span. The Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts finished top 3 for there ability to draft quality players over the past 5 years. It isn’t a surprise that each of those teams have won a super bowl over that same span. The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, two young playoff teams on the rise, round out the top 5.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, and Cincinnati Bengals graded out as the worse drafting teams of the past 5 years. It just so happens that all 3 of these teams will be picking in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft later this month.

A lot goes into the draft process and it has quickly become a huge national media point of coverage during the last decade. It is easy to see the correlation between a teams draft and their success on the field in the immediate years to follow. Plenty is said about the intense scrutiny the teams put prospects through during the evaluation process and many think that teams over-analyze in the months leading up to the draft. While this may be true in some cases, can you really blame the teams for putting in every effort to make sure they get the right picks. Teams have every right and responsibility to get every bit of information they can about the players they will potentially pay millions of dollars to.

Every draft pick becomes about risk and rewards. As a team, are we willing to risk X in hopes of getting rewarded with Y in return. It becomes a high stakes investment game and the teams are like any other big investment firm trying to find a quality investment opportunity. Everyone evaluates differently but ultimately they are all looking for the best opportunity to be rewarded on their risk.

Jobs, championships, and millions of dollars will be at stake when draft weekend rolls around and to think its only April. Just  five months (hopefully) away from football season again.

Note: Here is the link to the article by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area with the rankings of all 32 teams

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Don’t look too much into NBA regular season games

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

There has been a lot of talk and analyzing done during this NBA season and as we get ready for the playoffs there is only one thing we know for sure. All of this talk means nothing when it comes to the playoffs.

The media as a whole tends to over empathize to many games during the NBA regular season. The Miami heat are a prime example of this. After every Heat game there seems to be a discussion on whether  the Heat can win a championship. The Heat started the season cold, as expected with a completely brand new team, and people were quick to question if the Heat could ever win a championship. Then the Heat started winning and after beating the Lakers in LA on Christmas day, talk changed to the Heat being a championship quality team again. After a small losing streak a few weeks back, the Heat again received harsh scrutiny. Miami is just one example, the national media has been quick to question the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs ability to win a championship numerous times during the regular season.

The reality in most professional sports is that individual regular season games mean very little in the grand scheme of things, particularly in the NBA. With 82 game season, long road trips, back to back games, every team is going to struggle at some point. Especially the high profile teams because everyone else in the league is gunning for them. The playoffs are a whole different beast and what you did or didn’t do during the regular season means nothing. We wont see what teams are really made of until mid April, when the real championship contenders start to show themselves.

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March Madness

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s mid march and if your a sports fan you know what that means. Its time for the holy grail of all basketball tournaments. The selection committee has made there choices for the 68 teams that will be competing for chance at an 2011 NCAA basketball national championship.
As a sports fan and a fan of competition, the NCAA tournament is like no other event in sports. I have to admit, I don’t watch as much college basketball as should I during the regular season. Between the non stop action of games, the pressure of the 1 loss and done tournament style, and the possibility of a huge underdog winning, there is plenty to draw in this sports junkie.
Despite taking 68 teams this year, there is still plenty of controversy surrounding the selection process. Teams such as Alabama, Colorado, Virginia tech, and Saint Marys have valid arguments on why they should have been included in the field. The selection process is always going to be difficult no matter how many teams they include. The only thing adding more teams does is water down the field with teams who are less deserving. I say bring back the 64 team system for two reasons; better basketball and it’s easier for us fans to fill out our brackets.

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