Tagged: NBA

Busy Times

It sure is a busy time in the sporting world. It is crunch time for several of my favorite teams this week. This is a time to give shout outs to the other sports besides baseball. I think it is appropriate anyway since none of the teams are doing anything in the MLB anyway.

SteelersThis week my Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking on the New England Patriots. Usually this would be an amazing game, Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. New England’s offense going up against Pittsburgh’s defense. That would be a great game. But as we all know Mr. Brady hurt his little knee and is out of the season so Matt Cassel has to step up against the #1 defense in the league. Pittsburgh is #1 in the NFL in passing defense, rushing defense, and total defense. Yes, the Triple Crown in defense. It is going to be hard for Cassel to throw to Randy Moss from his back.

As for my Penn State Nittany Lions, they are already in the Rose Bowl. They smashed Michigan St. to end the season and get the Rose Bowl bid. Now all that has to be decided is who they play. The winner of the Pac-10 plays the winner of the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. So, it is either Oregon St. or USC. If you happen to be a Penn State fan you are already aware that Penn State embarrassed Oregon St. already this year. I don’t want to watch that again. So I have actually found myself rooting for USC. Although it isn’t like they need my help against Notre Dame. What I do need to root for is for Oregon to beat Oregon St. That would make USC the Pac-10 champion and give them a bid to the Rose Bowl.

Oregon DucksNever thought I would say this but, GO DUCKS!

Basically it comes down to the fact that I would rather see Penn State play USC and possibly get beat then beat down or even lose to Oregon St. I think it would just be a flat out better game. I have been wanting to see Penn State play USC for a while now anyway. There is no doubt in my mind that USC will easily embarrass Notre Dame, having Oregon upset Oregon St. is what the challenge will be. But, you never know, anything can happen. Any team can beat any other team on any given day. That is just the way it is.

Tyler HansbroughAny college basketball fans out there? If so I take it you watched the Maui Invitational. All I have to say is damn, UNC is good. Hansbrough isn’t even healthy yet and he is still yammin on people. That kid is ridiculous. 

He is going to win Player of the Year again. I am still a little shocked that scouts said he would be a late first round pick in the NBA draft last year. Are you kidding me? He is the freakin NCAA Player of the Year and he is a late first round pick? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

The rest of his team does need props though. Danny Green can knock down a 3 from anywhere over anyone. He is just obnoxiously athletic. Ty Lawson is ridiculously fast. He was running past Notre Dame defenders that were already down court.

As for the Atlanta Braves, they have still done absolutely nothing. They have so much money and are clearly waiting around for San Diego to come back. It is disappointing that there was so much hype for the off season and a whole bunch of nothing has happened. Oh well.

Till next time,

~Ben

Youngest to 11K

I know it isn’t baseball, but hey, you have to give a guy congrats when it is well deserved.

LeBron James has become the youngest player in NBA history to score 11,000 points. At only 23 years and 324 days,  he scored his 11,000th point against the New Jersey Nets.

LeBron James
I bring this up because he is one of my personal favorite athletes. I just love how he plays the game with intensity and grace at the same time. He may not be as smooth to the rim as Kobe, or have the prettiest shot like Ray Allen, but man can he score that rock (referring to the ball that is, not any illegal substances because we all know that “King James” would never participate in any illegal act of any kind).

lebron.jpgNow come on, look at that smile. That is good for the game of basketball right there. He brings a youthful, energetic feel back to the game of basketball. Before LeBron I felt the game to be a little dull, with no real signature faces. In a game that has been filled with rape scandals, gambling rings, and now insider trading lawsuits, he brings a sense of purity to the game. LeBron James is great for the game of basketball, but perfect for the world of sports. He wants to be a global icon like Muhammad Ali someday, I think he will. He just  has that likable feel to him, not to mention he is arguably (by arguably I want to say is, but don’t want to start big arguments) the best player in the game of basketball.

Is he the next Michael Jordan? Who knows. Till then we will have to see what happens.