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3 Dec

Melo legit MVP Candidate

The New York Knicks won their third straight by defeating the Phoenix Suns, 106-99, last night at Madison Square Garden. They are now 7-0 at MSG for the season (18-1 at home under Mike Woodson) and 12-4 on the season.

New York is currently second in the East, half a game behind the Miami Heat and half a game behind Memphis and Miami for the best record in the entire NBA. This years Knicks team has been a refreshing for Knicks fans as the 2012 Knicks actually play defense! 

More importantly their superstar Carmelo Anthony has been playing defense, and the best basketball of his career. He is in the best shape of his career and playing on a superstar level. After being called out by media pundits for his lack of effort and being routed by the Miami Heat in last years playoffs Melo has responded in a big way.

Going into Sunday's game against the Suns Anthony was shooting a career-high 44% from beyond arc (4-10 against Phoenix). He is averaging 26.6 points a game, behind only Kobe Bryant for leads leading scorer. He is actually shooting better from three than 3-point sharpshooter Steve Novak.

Melo is feeling healthier this season after dealing with multiple injuries last year. He dealt with nagging pains in his thumb, ankle and wrist last year missing 11 games while Linsanity was in full force. This year he shows no sign of ailment and has been balling, to say the least.

Teammate Steve Novak has also noticed the difference in Anthony,

"He's shooting great," he said. "I mean, he's so focused, he's healthy. He's not only shooting it well, obviously, but he's playing great defense. He's our leader. If he's playing the right way, you're going to do well as a team."

Defense has been a mantra the whole Knicks team has taken behind their superstar, they are currently ninth in league in points allowed per game. Watching the game against the Suns Melo made repeatedly made effort plays on defense, stripping the ball and diving to keep it in bounce.

This has been the biggest transformation in Melo's game and factor in being in the MVP talk. He could always score but now he's clamping down and playing both sides of the court. Credit this to head coach Mike Woodson who challenged Carmelo to lose weight in the offseason and focus on his defensive play.

Anthony has responded in a big way.

"I know I can do [play defense]," Anthony said. "It's not a matter of me not being able to do it. It was me just saying, 'OK, I'm going to do it now.' We have a coach that stays on me about it. There wasn't a defensive system since I came to New York, but

Even Knicks fanatic Spike Lee noticed Anthony's efforts,

"Carmelo is just playing a complete game," Lee said. "Now for whatever reason that is, I don't want to get into it. I don't know. But there is a distinct difference in what he is doing now and when he first put on a Knick uniform."

Madison Square Garden has been yelling "M-V-P!!!" every time Melo has been on the court this season. They have a legit case although it is very early in the season. How Carmelo and the Knicks continue to play going into the thick of the season will determine if Anthony stays in the MVP discussion.

But for now, Melo's chances are looking good.



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3 Dec

VIck Done in Philly

The Michael Vick experience is officially over. 

Who's ready for Nick Foles? Andy Reid made it clear when Michael Vick was first injured that he was starting quarterback once healthy. Vick has been cleared to play by team doctors, and he is not the starting quarterback.

The Eagles have essentially moved on from the Reid-Vick regime and decided to look at what they have for the future. Quite a few lockers will be cleaned out at the end of this season with the biggest disappointment coming from number 7.

The Eagles thought they had their franchise quarterback when Michael Vick erupted on the scene and tore up the league two short seasons ago. He seemed to be a whole new quarterback and a new person. Gone was the run-first quarterback as Vick had seemingly evolved into a pocket passing quarterback.

Two years later, new Vick old problems.

He was brittle through out much of the season (although he got no help from his pathetic offensive line) and suffered numerous injuries throughout the season. It seemed like every time was hit, or fell to the floor he would reach for a body part wincing. It seemed inevitable that Vick would end up hurt and out 

for a few games sooner or later, and of course it happened sooner rather than later.

Even when he was on the field Vick was pretty mediocre at best. When the game was at it's highest Vick's game was not. In the fourth quarter this season he had a 55.6 completion percentage with a 79.6 passer rating. In overtime he has a 39.6 passer rating. On the road he has 53.7 completion percentage, 5 touchdowns to 5 interceptions, and a 69.2 passer rating.

Interestingly enough it seems like Vick plays better when the Eagles are actually trailing. He has a 87.7 passer rating when behind and 90.9 when down by 9-16 points. But interestingly enough that number drop to 42.2 the Eagles are ahead. He throws twice as many interceptions when they are ahead and seven times more touch downs when they are behind.

This is simply unacceptable for someone who receive a 100 million dollar contract. This is in-fact unacceptable for any quarterback, never mind one with the expectations Vick has.

Andy Reid's decision to start a young Nick Foles over a healthy Michael Vick marks the end of Vick in Philadelphia. 

Many other Eagles *cough* Nnamdi Asomugha *cough* have also failed to live up to expectations and will likely face the fait former teammate Jason Babin faced. The Eagles will have a new quarterback, new coach, new look next year.

Not many things are certain right now in the city of brotherly love, but Vick's departure is one of them.


1 Dec

Murder-Suicide involving Chiefs Linebacker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

Authorities did not release a possible motive for the murder-suicide, though police said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had been arguing recently. The two of them have a 3-month-old child.

Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel before shooting himself in the parking lot of the team's practice facility, police spokesman Darin Snapp said. Police had locked it down by mid-morning and reporters were confined to the street just outside the gates.

The Chiefs were scheduled to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Panthers were advised by the league to travel to Kansas City as planned, though no official announcement on the game itself had been made.

Belcher was a 25-year-old native of West Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island, who played college ball at Maine. He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, made the team and stayed with it for four years, moving into the starting lineup. He'd played in all 11 games this season.

"The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy," Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement.

"We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted," Hunt said. "We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization."

The NFL released a statement that also expressed sympathy and said, "we have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."

Authorities reported receiving a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex. The call actually came from Belcher's mother, who referred to the victim as her daughter, leading to some initial confusion, police said.

"She treated Kasandra like a daughter," Snapp explained. Belcher's mother, who is from New York, had recently moved in with the couple, "probably to help out with the baby," Snapp said.

Police then received a phone call from the Chiefs' training facility.

"The description matched the suspect description from that other address. We kind of knew what we were dealing with," Snapp said. The player was "holding a gun to his head" as he stood in front of the front doors of the practice facility.

"And there were Pioli and Crennel and another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect," Snapp said. "The suspect began to walk in the opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that's when they heard the gunshot. It appears he took his own life."

The coaches told police they never felt in any danger, Snapp said.

"They said the player was actually thanking them for everything they'd done for him," he said. "They were just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything. That's when he walked away and shot himself."

At Belcher's mother's home on Long Island, relatives declined to talk to reporters. A purple SUV in the home's driveway was flying a small Kansas City Chiefs flag.

Perkin's Facebook page shows the couple smiling and holding the baby.

Belcher is the latest among several players and NFL retirees to die from self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the past couple of years. The death of the beloved star Junior Seau, who shot himself in the chest in at his California home last May, sent shockwaves around the league. Seau's family, like those of other suicide victims, has donated brain tissue from the linebacker's body for research to determine if head injuries he sustained playing football might be linked to his death.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said that he spoke to Pioli after the shooting, and while he refused to discuss the GM's emotional state, the mayor said Pioli was "extremely concerned that fans of this team are not disappointed and not left in the cold."

"I think they think there's an obligation to the people of this city, the fans of the team and the fans of the other team to play the game," James said.

The season has been a massive disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC West title. They're just 1-10 and mired in an eight-game losing streak marked by injuries, poor play and fan upheaval, with calls for Pioli and Crennel to be fired.

The Twitter account for a fan group known as "Save Our Chiefs" recently surpassed 80,000 followers, about 17,000 more than the announced crowd at a recent game.

Maine's head football coach, Jack Cosgrove, said Belcher was a "tremendous student-athlete."

"His move to the NFL was in keeping with his dreams," says Cosgrove. "This is an indescribably horrible tragedy."

Associated Press Writer Heather Hollingsworth contributed to this report. Content originally published by Associated Press.


29 Nov

Honey Badger declares for the 2013 NFL Draft

Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has officially declared for 2013 NFL. 

A Heisman finalist just one year ago, he was arrested last month for possession of marijuana and dismissed from the Tigers for failing a drug test. Honey Badger chose not to attend a small school this season instead choosing to re-enroll at LSU and finishing the school year as a student.

Mathieu made a statement about his decision to enter the draft,

"It is time for me to move forward" He continued by thanking LSU and coach Les Miles "I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,"

ESPN draft specialist Mel Kiper Jr projected Mathieu as a late 3rd to 4th round prospect. Stating that even if he finished out the season this year because of questionable measureables and character issues. 

Todd McShay said he wouldn't be surprise if Mathieu slipped to the 3rd day.

Ouch.

In todays pass-happy NFL teams are always looking for dynamic playmaking defensive backs. Mathieu certainly fits the mold. The Honey Badger caused 6 forced fumbles, most by any DB in FBS. He scored six times during the season, three of which were while LSU was losing.

Will Mathieu be the same game changing player in the NFL?



28 Nov

Dope: All Logos from Major Sports Teams Combined


28 Nov

Rubio to cleared to practice again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Rubio is one major step closer to returning to the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio got the green light from doctors on Wednesday for full-contact practices, the last major hurdle he needed to clear in his recovery from torn ligaments in his left knee. The team still has not set a timetable for his first game action, but just the thought of getting the dynamic point guard back in uniform is a big lift to a team that has been beset by numerous injuries early this season.

"Life is good!" Rubio tweeted on Wednesday evening.

His slick passing, sunny attitude and overlooked defense on the perimeter energized the Timberwolves last season, helping a long-suffering franchise climb into the playoff picture in his first year in the United States after coming over from Spain. But he tore his ACL late in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9, and the Wolves' season quickly unraveled after that.

Even with Rubio expected to be out until mid-December, this season started with hopes of the team's first playoff appearance since 2004. Then All-Star Kevin Love broke his right hand in the preseason, Chase Budinger tore the meniscus in his left knee early in the regular season, and Brandon Roy's knees continued to give him problems. Love made his season debut just last week, but the Wolves lost the first three games in which he played while they got acclimated to having him back on the court.

Love had 23 points and 24 rebounds in a win against Sacramento on Tuesday night to snap a five-game skid, and now the Wolves receive word that Rubio's return is just around the corner.

"He'll be eased in," Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in remarks on the team's website. "The likelihood is he'll play his first game around 16-18 minutes and then from there the medical staff and Ricky will determine on a game-by-game basis what to do next."

Rubio started participating in walkthrough portions of practice early last week, and coach Rick Adelman said it was clear in those situations that he has not lost his aptitude for the offense and what will be asked of him when he returns.

Just when that first game comes is still to be decided. The Wolves played the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, meaning a practice back home on Thursday was highly unlikely before they host Milwaukee on Friday. Minnesota has a three-day break between games after the Bucks come to town, so Rubio likely will get his first contact work in practice sometime this weekend.

They have a back-to-back at Philadelphia and Boston next week on Dec. 4 and 5 before another home game against Cleveland on Dec. 7.

The Timberwolves have said all along they are going to be cautious with Rubio's recovery and not rush him back. He is too important to the franchise's future to risk further injury by running him out there too soon. At the same time, it's clear the Wolves desperately need their playmaker to get the offense flowing more smoothly and to tighten up some porous perimeter defense that has led to some huge nights from opposing backcourts in the past week.

With Budinger out for three to four months, Adelman has been forced to use a small backcourt of Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea for large stretches of games, which puts the team in a bind defensively against bigger guards. Rookie Alexey Shved has been a pleasant surprise after coming over from Russia, but the Wolves sorely miss Rubio's size and feel for the game.

And while Rubio no doubt will immediately make the Timberwolves better, Adelman cautioned last week that fans have to be patient while he works his way back.

"We have to be careful about the expectations," he said. "He had a serious injury. You want him on the court and everything but you're going to have to judge how quickly. ... He's going to have his ups and downs. But he's just the type of young man that he's going to get through it. He's just going to have to have the type of patience himself."


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. Content originally published by Associated Press.


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28 Nov

No Controversy: Harbaugh chooses Kaepernick over Smith

Jim Harbaugh has officially committed to Collin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco. 

This is likely the end for Alex Smith in the red and gold.

Collin Kaepernick has come on strong in his first two start as an NFL quarterback. He first defeated a very talented Bears team, some would argue it was without Jay Cutler but Kaepernick was a back-up at the time also and Cutler does not play defense who was in full health. Kaepernick went 16 of 23 (69.6 comp. percentage) for 243 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 97.5 passer rating. 

Then he lead the Niners into extremely hostile territory in the New Orleans Super-dome and although his numbers was not as good, (12 of 25 (64%)  for 231 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a 72.3 passer rating) he showed remarkable poise in a venue that usually rattles young quarterbacks.

Jim Harbaugh took this into account and felt comfortable enough to name Kaepernick as the leader of the 8-2-1 49ers. 

This is a move can potentially set the the 49ers up with a young dynamic franchise quarterback going into the future. The 49ers know what they have in Alex Smith and although he has played very well this season, Kaepernick gives them more as dynamic playmaker while the team doesn't miss a beat.

Alex Smith is used to being in this position before but in this instance Smith lost his job because of wrong place, wrong time injury instead of playing himself out of the job. What if the Kaepernick experiment fails? Can the Niners go back to Smith or has Smith just been lost forever?

This isn't like Madden where you can just bench and start anyone, real players, especially quarterbacks, are extremely sensitive to losing starting positions. Alex Smith will likely look to take his services else where at seasons end.

The 49ers have took themselves out of the comfort zone of Alex Smith and are exploring an unknown talent in Collin Kaepernick. It is a high risk high reward scenario. Niner fans are hoping they will be rewarded for their risk.




27 Nov

STEELERS HOPE TO HAVE POLAMALU BACK FOR RAVENS

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The reeling Pittsburgh Steelers could get some familiar faces back on Sunday in Baltimore.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday wide receiver Antonio Brown should play and he's "encouraged" by safety Troy Polamalu's progress from a right calf injury. The coach said there's also "a chance" starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's sprained right shoulder will be good to go, though backup Charlie Batch will work with the first team early in the week.

The Steelers (6-5) have dropped two straight with Roethlisberger sidelined, including an eight-turnover debacle last Sunday in Cleveland.

Polamalu has played just five quarters all season after injuring the calf in the opener at Denver and aggravating the injury against the Eagles on Oct. 7. Brown has missed the last three games after injuring his ankle in a victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 4.


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22 Nov

Johnson vs Johnson

Who will finish with the bigger game?


22 Nov

Suh gives Schaub a Cup Check

Suh is back at again, this time Matt Schaub's family jewels were the victim