I just got done “Tebowing” before sitting down to write this article. Tebowing, in case you didn’t know, is the act of kneeling on one knee after scoring a touchdown, as both a celebration of football victory and Jesus Christ. This kind of behavior propelled Tebow into the NFL limelight, initiating a mainstream media frenzy over the rising football prospect’s public demonstration of his religious affiliation while winning game after game in what appeared to be pure luck.
All it takes is a simple Google search of “Tebowing,” to find anyone and everyone Tebowing in different locations all around the world. Anyways, enough with the Tebow talk. The guy is a talented QB and whether you fall on the overrated or underrated side of the fence, it doesn’t matter anymore. See, the guy can’t get a job.
He was released by the New York Jets a little over a week ago and nobody wants him. “Why?” you ask. Well, his Tebow antics have garnered him so much media attention and notoriety, that no coach wants to deal with it. Seriously. His presence on the Jets led to a nearly unprecedentedly underwhelming season, which might bring out the superstitious caution in many a NFL football coach. They might now be thinking the guy’s bad luck and he bring ins a “mediastorm” with him, everywhere he goes. Tim Tebow, our hearts go out to you bro. Maybe tone it down a bit and you can sneak onto a decent team off the radar.
Football(Soccer) lost a great leader today as Manchester United’s Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped down after 26 years in charge. He leaves behind a truly decorated career with 38 trophies including 13 league titles, two Champion League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups under his belt. Ferguson felt it was best to leave the organization in the strongest possible shape and praised the people he felt helped him build the club from a team that had not won a title for 26 years into one of the biggest in the world. Who will be the next successor for the most successful manager in the history of football? It is important that the next successor understands the clubs history and is committed to youth development while employing an attractive, attacking style of football. BBC sports editor David Bond says United are confident of announcing the next successor to fill such big shoes before the weekend. Any true fan of the sport will be patiently waiting to see the shift in command.
I generally hate and stay away from the hype of “The Next” great basketball player comparisons. I mean you remember how many “The Next Michael Jordans” there were who never did anything? But I came across this video of Seventh Woods today and I was pretty impressed. Literal domination by this kid and oh yeah, look what number he is wearing!
High School domination is not really what MJ was known for, though I sure would like to see some of that video footage if it exists. So the best comparison is LeBron James because he was seemingly a legend before he left for The NBA. If you are a hoops fan I think you will dig this highlight reel. Pretty legit!
2nd seed team in the west…the Spurs are on their way to battle it out in the NBA Playoffs, but with the release of Stephen Jackson and surgery to Boris Diaw they are in terrible need of an athletic player , effective passer and scorer. Introduce former NBA all-star Tracy McGrady(remember him?) who averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.21 steals in 32.7 minutes during his 15-year NBA career. McGrady who played this season for Qingdao in the Chinese Basketball Association with a 25 point game average/56percent shooting was offered a contract from the San Antonio Spurs to play for the rest of the season. Why Tracy McGrady? San Antonio is in dire need of a reliable play maker, plus McGrady brings passing to a team that loves to pass. And, if called upon, he can knock down the occassional shot. He has also gotten adept at posting smaller guards, which would allow the Spurs to use him as a third guard or alongside Manu Ginobili. Considering that he wasn’t on an NBA roster this season and waived after March 1, he is also playoff eligible.
Tracy McGrady has never won an NBA playoff series, despite leading the league in scoring twice during a pro career that started back in 1997.But even though he’s been out of the league completely this season, McGrady will get another chance to pursue that elusive second-round postseason appearance. Let’s go T-MAC!
Over the weekend, social media was abuzz to the sad news that the upcoming basketball playoff season would be missing #24… Kobe Bryant. In a very sad day of Basketball, Kobe Bryant received news that no star player wants to hear especially in his mid 30’s…he had ruptured his Achilles. To the average spectator of the Lakers vs Warriors game, the injury didn’t look too bad considering that Bryant got up, shot two free throws, and eventually limped off the court.
It all started in the 4th quarter with 3:08 minutes remaining. Bryant had played every minute of the game up to that point, scoring 32 points including a back to back 3 to tie the game with less than 4 minutes remaining. That’s when things took a turn for the worst, when Kobe, in his own words “made a move that he’s made a million times…and it just popped”. Bryant was not aware that a major injury had occurred and attempted to walk it off hoping the sensation would reappear…even asking Warriors’ Harrison Barnes if he had kicked him in the leg…hoping that’s all it was. When Barnes responded that he didn’t, Kobe then knew what had occurred. Following a timeout, Bryant went back into the game and hit both of his free throw attempts with the injury to end his night with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists before heading to the locker room.
Talks have now focused on the future of Kobe Bryant especially with him being out for the rest of the season. With the loss of such a high level player who averages more points than most players in their prime (over 25 points a game) and the star player who carries his team on his back…it’s no wonder his hall of fame is now in question.
NBA players have returned from Achilles injuries in the past, with Dominique Wilkins, Elton Brand, and Chauncey Billups as its most recent notable examples, but none of these players returned to anywhere near their pre-injury level. Isaiah Thomas for example, at around the same age as Bryant, retired due to an Achilles tear. So is this the end of Kobe Bryant? I highly doubt it..this is infact Kobe Bryant we are talking about…the man who gave Los Angeles Laker fans something to lean on and who confidently quipped in his facebook rant posted that same night ““One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.”
So the final game is set and it will be Michigan vs. Louisville tonight from Atlanta. I am a die hard Michigan Hoops fan and an alum so I am definitely excited and biased here.
This game really should be incredibly exciting and fast paced as both teams rely heavily on stellar back courts in their game plan. They are both coming off very close wins in the semi-finals and will be incredibly “amped” at tip off.
I think this year’s tournament (the 75th Anniversary) was very good for the sport. You had a 9 seed in the final four, many great upsets and it is the first year without a showing from at least one of Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky or Kansas in the Final Four in a VERY long time.
These are two proud programs going at it tonight and they are just 40 minutes away from the promised land. You know who I will be writing for! #GoBlue!
If you watched the Duke Vs Louisville Elite 8 college basketball game yesterday then you saw something gruesome and unfortunate. No I am not talking about the 20+ point blowout win, though as a Duke fan that was pretty awful to see! What I am referencing is the horrific injury suffered by Louisville’s Kevin Ware in the first half.
It seemed like such an innocuous play as the defender jumped in the air to make an opponent miss a 3 point attempt. This happens often throughout countless games and would be considered a pretty low risk, low contact effort. This time however the player just came down awkwardly and the result was a leg broken in two places. My heart goes out to him, his team and his family. I wish him a very speedy recovery!
Truth is there is not much I can say that the video wont show you. Warning, it is a bit graphic so proceed with caution! WATCH HERE
It’s only Monday, but someone is having the “Worst Week Ever”…or should we say “Funniest Moment Ever” in T.V. While most of us were glued to the NCAA tournament this weekend, Danny Mainus( An MMA Fighter currently competing in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance) competed in the opening matchup against bantam weight fighter Zac Chavez. The funny thing is…Danny was’nt the only thing being thrown around on the mat…so was his last name! See his last name is “Mainus”… which inspired some of the funniest play-by-play you’ll ever hear, courtesy of Australian commentator Michael Schiavello, who constantly pronounced the fighter’s name as “My Anus”—meaning we get lines like “My anus is bleeding!” “My anus is relaxed!” and “My anus is in a bit of pain here!”. If that’s not enough to send you in a rolling pit of laughter, maybe the visuals will! Check it out:
This week there have been some dunks from The NBA floating around that are super nasty. The two notables are from Deandre Jordan of the LA Clippers and Harrison Barnes of The Golden State Warriors.
If you watch them side by side on YouTube it is hard to choose which is better. Just when you decide, you watch the other playback and you switch camps. Regardless they are both really pretty incredible and so I decided to provide them here for you to enjoy. Which do you prefer?
If the UFC and American Football had a baby…this would be the result! Check out the catch of the day from Australian Rules player Carlton Andrew Walker as he makes one of the sickest plays you’ll see in any sport during a recent match. And incase you were wondering…this is not Rugby but an actual sport dubbed “footy” in the land down-under.