They Otto’ be a 2 seed: The miraculous Georgetown Hoyas

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Otto PorterSlowly, but surely, they have been sneaking up on the NCAA, from the 20 spot to the seven spot.

It’s kind of miraculous, especially after losing one of their best players to academic reasons. Otto Porter has lead the Hoyas to national recognition and, if all goes well, a 2 or even a one seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Hoyas now have a very good chance at the final four. Why?

Momentum, momentum. This win against Syracuse will give them a lift into the Big East tournament, and that gives them a lift into March Madness. This is a proven formula with UConn, VCU, George Mason and many other teams that have reached the final four or even won a national championship.

Another incredible thing is their ability to come through big. In almost any big game they’ve played in this season, they’ve come through.

There isn’t much yet to say about the Hoyas, because nothing huge has happened yet.

But, I definitely think I’ll be saying much more – very soon.

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Why I might be breaking up with the NFL

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You and I have sustained a long and successful relationship throughout my life. However, at this moment, I am seriously considering breaking up with you. Why?

First of all, you take and never give back .  Okay, some of that is a lie. But the only time I’m satisfied with you is when you’re at your peak in early february unless my team is there. The games are almost never satisfactory.

Second, so many people are so obsessed with you, I can’t take it – even you are. It’s like you think you’re the only sport in the world, and people believe you. SI is now in the middle of their NFL offseason preview (really?), My not top ten plays were taken by an interview at the combine, and now there’s talk of a major nfl event in every offseason month,

Third, your attention to injury is so small, I couldn’t measure it using the world’s tiniest ruler. You are appearing to do nothing about concussions after one has taken his own life due to brain damage, and so many former players are suing you. And yet you won’t change.

Fourth and finally, your games are like one giant ad. Games last three hours. That means when I watch a 3 hour game, 66.6% is ADS. That’s just nuts.

Sincerely,

The sports according to will team (me)

Money money money – why so much?

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ca. 2006 --- LeBron James --- Image by © Anthony Mandler/Corbis Outline In the sports world, one thing is inevitable. Contracts. And contracts lead to agents. And agents lead to money. And to play, there is no way out.

And I think that’s fine. That’s completely normal. For any real job, you sign a contract. But here’s what I don’t get.

LeBron James for the next six years will get a total of roughly 110 million dollars. If I got 150,000 dollars a year in savings after tax, I would need to work 122 years to get it. And if I wanted Pujols money? That’s 169 years. Although it’s really nothing when you are immortal.

So why do we think having a player play a game well is worth 150,000 dollars after getting a hit? I simply don’t get why we have to pay these players so much money!

If the sports world was up to me, I would change a lot of things. (BCS, Playoff formats, money, BCS, BCS, BCS, BCS – did I mention BCS?) But this is the second most puzzling to me. I just can’t grasp how a player could be worth so much money (like A-Rod, and 29 million a year) for playing a game?

Playing a game is tough. It takes a toll on you and your body. But throwing a ball into a net is worth that much? I just don’t get it.

 

The death of recruiting day: One of the many things college football needs

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Recruiting

 

And they say baseball is annoying.

There is a day in February every year I simply cannot stand.  After the Super Bowl and before Spring Training, ESPN Home pages are cluttered with stuff like this.

Look, I get it. It’s great to watch people pick their team. But personally, I think there are a few things wrong with this picture.

First of all, millions of kids spend countless hours waiting and wishing, hoping to get into their perfect school, the one of their dreams. But these people somehow have the right to choose for themselves. That’s not how it works. How it works, is that going to that college is a privilege. They invite you. If you have a choice between multiple colleges, you decide at your kitchen table with your family. And when you get to pro level, the teams choose you. You can’t join a team because you said so.

Second, I don’t see why it needs to be this big of a deal. There is simply nothing much exciting about watching people choosing colleges. It’s next year’s team. You don’t need to announce where you’re going on National TV.

It just doesn’t add up for me. Watching kids pick colleges isn’t exciting nor is it fair. If the NCAA wants to make this sport more popular or just plain better, this part of the process should be eliminated. When a Harvard professor applies for tenure, its a reasonably large thing for the professor, college and the students. But, they pick, and we aren’t seeing that on front pages. That’s how it should be. Even though I hear the Harvard tenure process is quite tedious.

Just another edit to make in a game with some serious problems.

JOE COOL

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Ray Lewis has gone out a champion. But that’s not the image we’ll be seeing on sportscenter. Joe Flacco has lead his team to a super bowl win. He’s graduated from the quarterback who just couldn’t take his team all the way. The game was an incredible one with the power outage bringing the 49ers back to life, but somehow the Ravens held on.

The Ravens have had a long and winding road to this one. It’s been tough with lots of criticism, injuries and wondering. But now that it’s over, you now have to start asking questions – how did Joe Flacco manage to do this? Just a little while ago, he was that quarterback who simply couldn’t finish. Now he ended up with an MVP trophy. He has become more and more confident, helping his game improve.

I’ll admit, I got the pick wrong. But that is the beauty of sports. It’s unpredictable and you can’t call anything until it happens. There are miracles. The 49ers were a better team all season, and the Ravens simply got hot.

They plowed through the 49ers during the first half, leaving them at 28-6 before the power outage before the 49ers rallied to bring it within 2 points. But Joe Flacco crossed the line from good to great to elite. He stayed cool and collected and took them down the field to put them 5 points up. The end came soon for the Niners.

Congratulations, Joe.

Welcome to the club.

The pregame hype was all about Lewis. But the game was all Flacco.

The pregame hype was all about Lewis. But the game was all Flacco.

Super Selection, Quarter by Quarter

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I promised I would do it! And with a mere five hours left in my time span, I have done it. So without any further ado, my Super Bowl pick.

QUARTER 1:
After a 3 and 1/2 hour long pre game dance and 4 and 1/2 hours crying on the field after the star spangled banner, Ray Lewis finally agrees to walk off the field to start the game with a kickoff to the 49ers. They get off to a fast start, hitting two or three long passes, but failure in the red zone leaves them with a field goal – 3-0 49ers. The Ravens get the ball for the first time, and it’s clear what their game plan is – Ray Rice. Rice continues to smash through the hole and Flacco hits Boldin for less than five yards for the touchdown, putting the Ravens up at 7-3. Colin Kapernick adds a whole other dimension to this game, and starts proving it in a no-huddle, run, pass or QB draw drive only taking two minutes to reach the end zone with a 15 yard Kapernick throw to Vernon Davis, in which he does the famous bible kiss. The Ravens will get it back but end up punting, giving the 49ers the first possession of…

QUARTER 2:
The 49ers, however fall to a three and out with a Lewis sack of Kapernick, which will be his only sack of the night. The Ravens will get 2 first downs, but not enough to extend the drive. The 49ers will take a long, methodical drive down the field, mostly with Frank Gore runs, ending in a field goal, putting the game score at 13-7. Flacco takes the Ravens to the 50 or so, but throws a pick and the 49ers take possesion at the Ravens’ 40. Akers takes a 55 yard try, but misses. The Ravens, however, do not squander their chance and put the game within 3 points, at 13-10 right before halftime.

During halftime, Beyonce will freeze up and break down – never to sing again, and the medics will prove she was a robot all along. A last gasp attempt of replacing her with Justin Bieber also doesn’t work, because he breaks down too.

QUARTER 3:

The Ravens receive the ball with a touchback. Flacco decides he needs to pick up the pace, and after three fifteen yard games, he bombs the ball to Smith for a 45 yard touchdown reception. 17-13 becomes the score. The 49ers pick up the ball at their own 30, but do literally nothing. The same happens for the rest of the quarter. Let’s hope there are some good ads that quarter.

QUARTER 4: The Ravens can’t squeeze out a touchdown or a field goal after going wide left from a 49 yard try. The 49ers end up punting. The Ravens punt, which looks hopeful for San Fran. But, coming up a yard short forces them to do the exact same thing. All the Ravens have to do is get one score, but they can’t. The 49ers get the ball with 2:30 to go. Kapernick fires one pass, then another, then Kapernick runs it through for the touchdown with 15 seconds to go. For the first time in Super Bowl history, there is

OVERTIME: The Ravens get the ball first and manage to put in a field goal. It’s just one defensive stop. Don’t let them score and they win. The Ravens force the 49ers to 4th and 6 at their own 30 yard line. Nobody is open. So after a miracle block from Frank Gore, Kapernick runs 35 yards for a first down and possession in Ravens territory. After Frank Gore runs for 2 first downs, it’s 1st and 10 at the Ravens 22. A 22 yard pass to Vernon Davis seals the deal.

Colin Kapernick and the 49ers walk off gloriously. The final score: 49ers, 27. Ravens, 23. Your super bowl MVP is Colin Kapernick.

And so begins the baseball waiting.