Monthly Archives: March 2012
Its official Bruce Weber is now the new head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats.
Weber, who coached at Illinois for nine seasons, brought the fighting Illini
to six NCAA tournaments, one NIT, and one Big Ten Championship. However, after going 17-15 this past season Weber, despite having an overall record of 210-101 since taking over for the Illini, was fired.
As for the details of the contract they have yet to have been released.
Kansas State has scheduled a press conference where they will comment about the hiring of Weber at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
However, the commenting has already begun as former player, guard, Jacob Pullen who graduated in 2011 from Kansas State had a lot to say about the hiring of Weber.
“I support kstate for life no matter what but I’m not a Bruce Webber fan and I think Kstate can do a lot better,” said Pullen on his twitter account. “Bruce Webber didn’t think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don’t think he is good enough to coach at Kansas State.”
Pullen would go onto conclude.
“This is just my thoughts like I said I will support my school regardless and losing a staff as good as we had is tough to replace,” said Pullen.
Then after the replies and responses started to come out, Pullen said this.
“Now people in my mentions smh I’m not being disrespectful I’m not in college and I can say what’s on my mind that’s just how I feel,” said Pullen. “Lmao now people say I’m jealous he passed on me lol no I’m happy I went to kstate and wouldn’t change that for the world. And please don’t speak on his national championship run that he made with bill self players and the best backcourt in the big ten three pros.”
The team that Pullen was referring to was the Illinois team from 2004-05 as for the three professional players that he was referring to, were actually really five professional players that played on that team.
As for the players that went to the NBA were, Guard, Luther Head (Currently with the Sacramento Kings), guard, Dee Brown (2008-09, Washington Wizards), guard, Deron Williams (Currently with the New Jersey Nets, Roger Powell (2006-07, Utah Jazz), and forward, James Augustine (2006-08, Orlando Magic).
Pullen averaged 20.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists a game in his final season at Kansas State. As last known he currently plays professionally overseas.
After a couple more responses came in, Pullen posted on his twitter account, “Smh now I’m the bad guy again lol,” said Pullen.
You’ve seen them before on television, in commercials, on billboards, signs, street corners, and just about any place that life may take you, and that’s advertisements. They truly are everywhere, but what about in sports?
Well they’re in sports too as you see advertisements featured on scoreboards, on the field or the court, on the seats that the fans sit in, and even on t-shirts. But what if they took the placing of advertisements to a whole other level? A level such as, on the player’s jerseys?
As crazy as it seems, sporting leagues, such as the European leagues for basketball, the MLS, and the WNBA have already begun this advertisement transition and it doesn’t end with them as the NBA, who has been looking for more revenue has begun considering this option.
“I’ve been trying to tell [the NBA],” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If someone wants to give us $10 million, I’ll make it happen.”
Now even if Cuban were to get the money that he wanted from advertisers to place advertisements on jerseys, he wouldn’t be able to do so. Not until, he received the approval from NBA commissioner, David Stern.
“If the amount’s enough, David will jump up and down,” Cuban told the Star-Telegram. “He’s not going to do it for $200,000 from Power Balance, but if somebody offers us $25 million, it’s done.”
Now if the NBA were to go through with the new advertisement scheme, according to a study performed by Horizon Media, estimates that companies would generate more than $31 billion worth from putting their company’s logo on an NBA jersey.
Now to most, this may seem like a terrible, greedy, unnecessary type deal. But, if the NBA were to do this, they could change the game of basketball in a very positive way.
Just imagine seeing Nabisco advertise their famous Oreo cookie or McDonalds advertising their famous golden arches on an NBA jersey? It would be great and quite frankly, not only would it create positive revenue for both the NBA and the companies advertising but, in my opinion I think it would grab more viewers.
I mean you’re telling me, that if tomorrow night the NBA allowed this to go through and for the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat game on TNT tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, they allowed both teams to have an advertisement on their jersey, that you wouldn’t tune in? Of course you would. Who wouldn’t want to see Dirk Nowitzki or LeBron James wearing a Burger King or a Coca Cola logo above their number?
Now, I’m not saying do it every night as like the old saying goes, too much of something isn’t good enough. But if the NBA allowed this every so often, it could really change the game in a positive way.
“I think we all understand the NBA, by now, is one of the biggest businesses in the world,” Nowitzki told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “And if that’s a business decision, I don’t think it’s a bad one.”
After being out of the NBA for the first time since being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2001, guard, Gilbert Arenas who has been searching for an NBA team this entire 2011-12 NBA season has found one, the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Memphis Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Tuesday (today) that Gilbert Arenas was officially the newest member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Arenas played with three teams before joining the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors (2001-2003), the Washington Wizards (2003-2010), and the Orlando Magic (2010-2011) before waived on December 9, 2011.
Arenas who was voted most improved player in 2003, has been to three all-star games, including a career average of 21.2 points per game, 5.4 assists a game, 4.0 rebounds a game, and 1.6 steals a game.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a 97-92 win over the Washington Wizards and are currently second in the southwest with a record of 25-18, behind the first place, San Antonio Spurs who have a record of 29-14.
Overall in the Western Conference the Memphis Grizzlies are in fifth behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-11), the San Antonio Spurs (29-14), the Los Angeles Lakers (28-17), and the Los Angeles Clippers (26-18).
There has been no official word yet on what position Arenas will play, rather it will be point guard or shooting guard. However, it is clear that Arenas will most likely; barring any injuries from starters Mike Conley and Tony Allen will most likely come off the bench.
Arenas or any other player of the Grizzlies team has yet to publicly comment on the Arenas’ signing.
As for the Grizzlies they will start their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight where they will take on the 16-29 Kings. As for when Arenas is expected to suit up, that has yet to have been announced and with the Grizzlies starting their four game road trip in Sacramento tonight and traveling to Portland on Thursday, then to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and Clippers over the weekend, it would seem almost likely that Arenas would certainly join the team by then in Los Angeles at the latest.
Months after losing to the New York Giants yet again in the Super Bowl where they lost 21-17, the New England Patriots who were criticized for not having a deep threat wide receiver in their system almost had to acquire one this off-season. However they had to be more careful this off-season as they didn’t want to make the same mistake they did last season when they acquired wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who had his worst season of his career with the Patriots last season (15 receptions, 276 yards, and one touchdown).
So with not even a week into free agency the New England Patriots did what most were waiting for as they signed a deep threat wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the St. Louis Rams last season, caught 51 passes for 683 yards and five touchdowns in just the 11 games that he was with the Rams last year.
As for his overall career, Lloyd has played with five teams before currently joining the New England Patriots (San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and the St. Louis Rams) and besides the Washington Redskins he contributed very well to all of the teams that he was apart of, including in 2010 where he lead the league in receiving yards with 1,448 yards. Also in that career season that he had with the Denver Broncos Lloyd, also caught a career high 77 receptions and a career high 11 touchdowns.
Lloyd who’s played with several different quarterbacks throughout his career, Jeff Garcia (San Francisco), Tim Rattay (San Francisco), Ken Dorsey (San Francisco), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Mark Brunell (Washington), Jason Campbell (Washington), Todd Collins (Washington), Kyle Orton (Chicago), Rex Grossman (Chicago), Kyle Orton (Denver), Tim Tebow (Denver), Sam Bradford (St. Louis), A.J. Feely (St. Louis), and Kellen Clemens (St. Louis) will now have the opportunity to play with one of the best quarterbacks of all time and his best quarterback that he’s had in his career so far.
So with a deal that is still disclosed besides the fact that Lloyd is now a Patriot, the New England Patriots come this 2012-13 NFL season will have number unknown, Brand Lloyd suiting up for them.
There are always a lot of jokes that are made when you’re the last in anything, especially when you’re the last place team in the NBA like the Charlotte Bobcats are. At 4-31 and not only last in the South Central division but dead last in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats are “joke” of the NBA.
Ranked dead last in points per game as a team with 86.7 points a game; the Bobcats have only topped 100 points just twice this season. It doesn’t stop there as not only can the Bobcats not put points up on the scoreboard but, they can’t keep their opponents from putting points up on the scoreboard either, as they are ranked third in the NBA for most points allowed. Trailing the Sacramento Kings (102.3) and the Washington Wizards (101.3) the Bobcats have allowed their opponents on average 101.2 points per game.
Which with the calendar now turning to March and the NCAA Tournament becoming closer brings us to the question, how far would the Charlotte Bobcats go? Would they win the NCAA Championship? Would they be a number one seed? If not a number one seed what seed would they be?
Now as we all know these questions would never be answered as an NBA team would never be allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament, though it would be very cool as the bottom teams of the NBA really have nothing to play for. Though theoretically speaking, let’s just take the time to pretend.
Okay so let’s start with what seed the Bobcats would be and so basing it off of ESPN’s project bracket provided by Joe Lunardi the number one seeds that he projected to be as of now are the Kentucky Wildcats (30-1), Syracuse Orange (30-1), North Carolina (27-4), and the Kansas Jayhawks (26-5).
So let’s start off with what seed would the Bobcats be? And the answer to that is for sure a number one seed, however are they the best number one seed of the four or what? Where do they rank? And the answer to that is they would be the third best number one seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Kentucky and Syracuse.
Now despite having the National Champion and Big East Champion player from last year in guard Kemba Walker the talent level of the Charlotte Bobcats just doesn’t match up with the talent level of Kentucky and Syracuse and especially it doesn’t match up at the big men level either.
With both Kentucky and Syracuse combined according to NBADraft.net they projected that seven players from the two teams (5 from Kentucky and 2 From Syracuse) will be taken in the first round or higher.
Of those players projected to be taken they are from Kentucky, Power Forward, Anthony Davis (Projected 1), Small Forward, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Projected 9), Shooting Guard, Doron Lamb (Projected 17), Small Forward, Terrence Jones (Projected 18), and lastly Point Guard, Marquis Teague.
As for Syracuse the players projected are Center, Fab Melo (Projected 19), and Small Forward, Kris Joseph (Projected 23).
Now don’t get me wrong the Bobcats do have some talented players on their team in guard Gerald Henderson (14.6 points per game), Corey Maggette (14.4 points per game), and as mentioned before Kemba Walker (12.9 points per game). But they don’t have a talented big man as their best big guy is Boris Diaw who at 6’8, 235 lbs. isn’t really even a true a “big guy” as he’s been a mix of small forward for some teams in the past as well. Though due to the teams’ lack of talent at that position Diaw despite being a little undersized is the teams’ leading rebounder with 5.6 rebounds a game.
So matching Diaw up against someone like Kentucky’s Davis (6’10, 220 lbs.), Jones (6’9, 252 lbs.), or even Gilchrist (6’7, 232 lbs.) Diaw would struggle against. As for Syracuse Melo (7’0, 255 lbs.), Fair (6’8, 212 lbs.), or Southerland, (6’8, 215 lbs.) would be a struggle as well though Syracuse plays the 2-3 zone so Diaw wouldn’t really see one-on-one match-ups against the Orange.
Continuing with that despite putting the Bobcats ahead of North Carolina and Kansas the Bobcats would have trouble with both teams’ big guys as well. As for North Carolina, Tyler Zeller (7’0, 255 lbs.) and John Henson (6’11, 220 lbs.) would create a long day for the weak rebounding Charlotte Bobcats. And as for Kansas Thomas Robinson (6’10, 237 lbs.) and Jeff Withey (7’0, 235 lbs.) would do the same as they would really test the Charlotte big men.
Now while draft projections, draft results, height, and weight don’t determine games as there have been several draft “busts” in the past and several “big looking guys” in the past however, these two teams, Kentucky and Syracuse are very talented, at all of the positions, even the bench.
Now I’m not saying that Kentucky and Syracuse would blow them out as it wouldn’t be a blowout instead, it would be a very good game. However these two teams, Kentucky and Syracuse have shown this NCAA season that despite the young experience that the two teams have (not as much with Syracuse) can blend together well and win close games and win it in the “crunch time.”
So with that being said, the answer as to how far the Bobcats would go is definitely the elite eight, most likely, 90 percent, the final four, and depending on how they played, possibly the National Championship, and depending on how they played in that game, possibly they would be the National Champions.
With the game of football or any sport comes injuries, however when those injuries are forced purposely by the opposing team or player then that’s when it becomes a problem. The NFL has been mostly known for this issue as it’s such a common occurrence that the NFL has addressed the issue with what’s known as the “bounty rule.”
Now while there have been many past cases or rumors of teams doing or putting out bounties, news today broke that not only the New Orleans Saints were doing it but between 22 out and 27 defensive players as well as at least one assistant coach was apart of the Saints bounty program.
Reports say that the program was maintained by an assistant coach that was in charge of a bounty pool that had up to $50,000 in it.
Knockouts were worth $1,500 and cart-offs were worth $1,000. Those payments were doubled, sometimes tripled for playoff games. Reports also say that some of the opposing players that were targeted were quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.
“In the week of the NFC Championship Game,” Adam Schefter said on NFL Live Friday, “Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma put $10,000 in cash on a table and said ‘this goes to the guy that knocks out Brett Favre.’” Those weren’t Vilma’s exact words, but they were similar to those, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said.
Vilma or any other player from the Saints Organization has yet to respond.
However NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did in a statement saying, “The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players,” Goodell said “The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity.”
“It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it.”
The Saints have yet to suffer any consequences or penalties as this is all just speculation and rumors at this point though it doesn’t look good as it seems true as there was a league release statement. However if this is true, the Saints could face some serious penalties such as, loss of draft picks, suspensions, and definitely huge money fines.
The league release also mentioned that Saints head coach, Sean Payton was not involved in the bounty program, though he was aware and as we know he didn’t do anything to try and stop it.