Posted on: September 24, 2009 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2009 9:44 pm
 

Top 10 Wide Receivers in the NFL

1. Andre Johnson 6-3 225 Miami

Analysis: Johnson is all the tools needed to be a top reciever. Has the best hands in the league. Has great size, speed,strength, and route running ability. Has a great demeanor compared to other receivers who always demand the ball. Had a career- high 115 catches and 1,575 yards receiving.

2. Calvin Johnson 6-5 236 Georgia Tech

Analysis: Has a tremendous size and speed combination. Calvin also has one the best vertical leaps and has awesome hands. Johnson had 78 catches and 1,331 yards without having a real quarterback last year.

3. Larry Fitzgerald 6-3 217 Pittsbutgh

Analysis: Fitzgerald is a real student of the game. Is a good route runner, knows who use his size and leaping ability. Fitzgerald rarely drops a pass thrown his way. Had 96 catches and 1,431 yards last year. Not an extremely fast player, but seems to find another gear when the end zone is in sight.

4. Randy Moss 6-4 212 Marshall

Analysis: One of the 5 best receivers in NFL history. At age 32, Moss still has elite speed and leaping ability. Moss is also holds the record for most receiving TD's in a season. in 2008 Moss had 69 catches for 1,008 yards and 11 TD's.

5. Steve Smith 5-9 185  Utah

Analysis: Smith is one the most explosive receivers in the game right now. He has elite speed and quickness. Not only does Smith play fast, he plays big. Some of the plays Smith makes you would expect from a 6-3 220lb receiver. Smith also has vertical leap over 40 inches which makes him suprising, but effective target for jump balls. Smith had 78 catches and 1,421 yards in 2008 despite having a very average quarterback.

6. Brandon Marshall 6-4 230 Central Florida

Analysis: No matter what Marshall's off field issues are, he is one of the most talented and productive wideouts in the league. He had a week 1 supension in 2008 and came back with a 18 reception game the next week. For the 2008 season, Marshall had 104 catches and 1,265 yards receiving.

7. Roddy White 6-0 212 UAB

Analysis: White is an up and coming receiver in this league. white had 88 catches and 1,382 yards in 2008. White has improved every year, making a big leap in 2007. White has developed great hands to add to his precise route running and good speed and agility.

8. Reggie Wayne 6-0 198 Miami

Analysis: Wayne has replaced his former teammate Marvin Harrison as Peyton Manning's top receiver and the league's best route runner. Wayne has elite hands and sneaky quickness. In 2008 Wayne had 82 catches and 1,145 receiving yards.

9. Vincent Jackson 6-5 230 Northern Colorado

Analysis: At 6-5 Jackson is a suprisingly effective downfield receiver. Jackson is a tenacious downfield receiver and the best blocking wide receiver in the NFL. In 2008 Jackson had 59 catches for 1,098 yards. Jackson has a career average 17.2 yards per catch, which is amazing for a 230 lb receiver.

10. Greg Jennings 5-11 198 Western Michigan

Analysis: Has become Aaron Rodgers number #1 receiver. Jennings has a good combination of speed and quickness. Jennings also has a nose for the end zone. In 2008 Jennings had 80 catches for 1,292 yards and 9 TD's.
Posted on: September 19, 2009 1:58 pm
 

NBA Greatest Arguments: Who wins? Who's better?

Every basketball fans have these arguments with the colleagues or friends all the time. Who's better LeBron or Kobe? Chris Paul or Deron Williams? Lakers or Celtics? Well im going to answer some of these questions.

1. Deron Williams vs. Chris Paul

Argument for Chris Paul: Paul is faster, he's been an all-star, and he puts up better numbers. He's also played with less talent around him. Deron Williams has had Carlos Boozer, Memhet Okur, and Andrei Krlenko.

Argument for Deron Williams: The majority of the times Paul and Williams match up Williams gets the better of Paul. Williams has gone farther into the postseason.

Winner: Deron Williams

Analysis: Point guards are much like quarterbacks, and are judged by the level of success they have had throughout their career. The Jazz have been better than the Hornets since Deron Williams arrived. Aside for that Deron Williams is the more complete player. Yes, Paul is a great point guard, but when teams like the Nuggets got physical with him he seemed to be uncomfortable. Deron Williams has the body to handle physical punishment from big point guards like Chauncey Billups. Deron Williams does everything a point guard is supposed to do. He is a great ball handler, a fantastic passer, a solid 3pt shooter, and has a terrific mid-range jumpshot. He also his a great defender.

2. LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant

Argument for LeBron James: Over the last 3 years he's statistically has been the most productive player in the NBA. He's carried a team to the playoffs and even the NBA finals with no much of a supporting cast. He's the most athletically gifted player in NBA history. He's a better passer than Kobe and is bigger, stronger, and faster.

Argument for Kobe Bryant: He's won 4 championships. He scored 81 points in a game. Has averaged over 35 points per game in a single season. He's the smarter player and is the better 3pt shooter. He's also the better defender and has been in the league longer. Also LeBron James can't shoot.

Winner: LeBron James

Analysis: LeBron player does too much to not be considered the NBA's best player. He's the only player since Michael Jordan that could average 30 points 7 rebonds and 7 assists over a stretch of a few months and still have a winning team. Yes it is true that Kobe is prolific scorer and cannot be stopped when he is on his game, but the same applies to LeBron James. The myth that LeBron can't shoot is clearly false. In career totals LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's three point shooting percentage is only seperated by 1.3%. As a matter of fact Kobe Bryant just like LeBron James only shot over 35% from the three point line in the first 6 years of his career. 

3. Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Argument for Celtics: The Celtics dominant when the Celtics were at full force with Kevin Garnett healthy. The Celtics have too many players to worry about: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Wallace, and House. The Celtics are hands down the NBA's best defensive team. The Celtics have the perfect chemistry seeing that everyone's mind is on winning. The only reason the Celtics didn't win the 2008-2009 championship is that they didn't their best player and the heart of the defense.

Argument for Lakers: It doesn't matter what you did before we are the most recent champions. We played without Andrew Bynum who could have changed the tide in our series against each other. The addition of Ron Artest is only going to make us better. Plus we have the best player in the NBA in Kobe Bryant.

Winner: Boston Celtics

Analysis: The Celtics dominated in their first season with Garnett. Even though they weren't close to perfect in the playoffs, they won every game that they had to win. If you take away Jordan away from the Bulls, Duncan away from the Spurs, Chauncey away from the Pistons, or Kobe away from the Lakers they surely would all falter. With the return of Garnett and the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels the Celtics clearly are the better team.
Posted on: September 11, 2009 3:54 pm
 

TOP 10 DUNKERS IN THE NBA

I was on yahoo.com and saw a top 10 dunkers list. It is o.k but was of base with a few picks. So I decided to make my own list.

1. Vince Carter 6-6 SG

2. Jason Richardson 6-6 SG

3. Josh Smith 6-9 PF

4. LeBron James 6-8 SF

5. Gerald Green 6-8 SG

6. Nick Young 6-6 SG

7. Dwight Howard 6-11 C

8. Tracy McGrady 6-8 SF

9. Andre Igoudala 6-6 SF

10. Amare Stoudemire 6-10 PF

I know many people will disagree so I would like to hear your argument.

Posted on: September 2, 2009 1:48 am
Edited on: September 2, 2009 12:07 pm
 

All-NBA Underrated Team

PG Deron Williams 6-3 UTAH Jazz

Analysis: Been in the league 4 years and has been the core of playoff team for 3. He still has not made an all-star team. He may the best point guard in the league, but he doesn't get the recognition he deserves.

SG Joe Johnson 6-7 ATLANTA Hawks

Analysis: Made an all-star appearance, but I don't most people know just how good he is. People look at his game and see he his good scorer and shooter. But very few look at his defensive game. At 6-7 230 lbs, Joe Johnson is can be physical and bother ball handlers.

SF Kevin Durant 6-10 OKLAHOMA Thunder

Analysis: Very versatile scorer. He is arguably the third best SF in the NBA. He would get more attention if the Thunder hadn't had some abysmal records over the last 2 yrs.

PF Pau Gasol 7-0 LOS ANGELES Lakers

Analysis: He has th best up moves hands down. He has great footwork and can go left or right. He has a solid 17 foot jump shot and is the most effecient Power Forward in the game.

C Nene Hilario 6-11 DENVER Nuggets

Analysis: In the 2008-2009 season Nene made great strides by staying healthy. When Nene is healthy he is a top 5 center. He is a strong and atheletic. Shoots a very high percentage and is a solid defender.
Posted on: August 28, 2009 9:22 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2009 9:25 am
 

Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks

1. Peyton Manning  STATS: 95.0 Passer RTG, 4,002 YDS 27 TD's 12 INT's

Analysis: Has done it all, won 2 MVP trophy, a Superbowl, been to countless Pro Bowls, and plays well no matter who he has on the field with him. He is a pure pocket passer, with a great arm, tremendous accuarcy, and unbelieveable pocket presence.

2. Tom Brady STATS: 83.9 Passer RTG, 76 YDS O TD's 0 INT's

Analysis: Before being injured Tom Brady was looking to return to the superbowl coming off a 50 TD season. When Brady is healthy, which is all the time, with the exception of last year, he and Manning are the best in the buisness.

3. Drew Brees STATS: 96.2 Passer RTG, 5,069 YDS, 34 TD's 17 INT's

Analysis: Extremely productive quarterback. Very accurate, underrated arm strength, and is a great leader. Brees has been one of the NFL's most productive QB's since coming to the Saints.

4. Phillip Rivers STATS: 105.5 Passer RTG, 4,009 YDS, 34 TD's 11 INT's

Analysis: Just got a huge contract, and it was well deserved. With LT having two down years, Phillip Rivers has kept the Chargers offense potent. He doesn't enough credit for working without a Top 20 reciever. 

5. Aaron Rodgers STATS: 93.8 Passer RTG, 4,038 YDS, 28 TD's 13 INT's

Analysis: Has overcome the drama that comes with being associated with Favre to become a great NFL quarterback. He has a strong arm, good accuarcy, and goes through his progessions very fast for a first year starter. 

6. Donavan McNabb STATS: 86.4 Passer RTG, 3,916 YDS, 23 TD's 11 INT's

Analysis: Over the last 5 years McNabb has proven to be a true pocket quarterback. He has become more accurate and has been very productive. He has been to a Superbowl and multiple NFC Championship games. Is also a proven winner.

7. Kurt Warner STATS: 96.9 Passer RTG, 4,583 YDS, 30 TD's 14 INT's

Analysis: Has returned to the form he had with the St. Louis Rams, were he won a Superbowl and was a cast member of the greatest show on turf. He has shown that age is just a number for the quarterback position in the NFL.

8. Jay Cutler STATS: 86.0 Passer RTG, 4,526 YDS, 25 TD's 18 INT's

Analysis: He is the best up and coming QB in the leaque. Cutler has a cannon arm, good accuarcy, and is mobile. He has all the tools to be great. He just needs to be surronded a good cast in order to start winning some games.

9. Tony Romo STATS: 91.4 Passer RTG, 3,448 YDS, 26 TD's 14 INT's

Analysis: Romo is the most underrappreciated quarterback in the NFL. He had to deal with Terrell Owens for 3 years and still produced at a high level. Cowboys fans most have forgot who their QB's were after Aikman. Anthony Wright, Quincy Carter, and the list goes on. I know the Cowboys have high expectations but you have a good QB, get over it.

10. Ben Roethlisberger STATS: 80.1 Passer RTG 3,301 YDS 17 TD's 15 INT's

Analysis: Has won two Superbowl rings. The latter superbowl Roethlisberger showed great poise and made some great plays when the Steelers needed it.
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Posted on: August 18, 2009 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2009 2:09 pm
 

Potential Breakout Players in the NBA for 08-09

In the NBA there are many players who are on the cusp of stardom. Here a list of players who I think have the potential to have big seasons.

1. Derrick Rose 6-4 PG Chicago Bulls

Analysis: Showed he was the best guard in his draft. He played great in the playoffs averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 assists. With Ben Gordon gone Rose will have full control of this team.

2. Anthony Randolph 6-10 PF Golden State Warriors

Analysis: Randolph is a great young player with a desire to become better. At 6-10 he is very quick and has good ball handling ability. He is an intense competitor and will become a great player as long as Don Nelson gives him the minutes he deserves.

3. Aaron Brooks 6-0 PG Houston Rockets

Analysis: With Yao Ming out for the year look for the Rockets to play a up-tempo style of basketball. This should increase his potential as Aaron Brooks will be allowed to use his speed to push the ball and create shots for his teammates and his self.

4. JaVale McGee 7-0 C Washington Wizards

Analysis: McGee is a very athletic big man. He is the type of big men that Wizards have needed for the last few years. With Arenas back, the Wizards will play a higher tempo style of basketball. If McGee can overtake Haywood as the starter look for him to have a big season.

5. Michael Beasley 6-9 SF/PF Miami Heat

Analysis: In the last 5 games of the regular season Michael Beasley averaged 24.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. It is clear that when Beasley starts he is a more valuable and focused player. If Erik Spolestra starts beasley this upcoming season he may be the NBA's most improved player.

6. Brook Lopez 7-0 C New Jersey Nets

Analysis: With Carter gone Lopez will be the #2 scoring option for the Nets. He has a good post up game and has solid 17 foot jumpshot. He could average somewhere between 15 and 18 points with a lot of rebounds.

7. Channing Frye 6-11 PF Phoenix Suns

Analysis: Channing Frye's play has declined since teasing the Knicks in his rookie season. I think play with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire will allow Frye to show his great skill set.

8. Paul Milsap 6-7 PF Utah Jazz

Analysis: Has double-double written all over him. He was great when Boozer went down and will great if Boozer gets traded. Expect big things from the young Jazz forward next year.

Others:

Wilson Chandler, Nick Young, Jason Thompson, Marc Gasol, Boris Diaw, and Al Horford

Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:12 pm
 

NFL Regular Season Award Predictions

MVP- Tom Brady QB New England Patriots

Analysis: Brady will have a great season as long as the Patriots o-line can keep him upright. He might not throw 50 TD's but he might come close.

Coach of the Year - Jack Del Rio Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis: The Jags have a revamped roster, but they have a motivated Torry Holt and a younger and better pass blocking Offensive Line. Expect the Jags to go 11-5.

Offensive Player of the Year - Adrian Peterson RB Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: League's best running back. If he keeps improving at this pace a 2,000 yard season is not out of the question.

Defensive Player of the Year - Albert Haynesworth DT Washington Redskins

Analysis: The best DT in the buisness. Will improve an already stout run defense and will free up Carter to make plays. More pressure will allow ball-hawking Safety LaRon Landry to have a pro-bowl caliber season.

Offensive Rookie of the Year - LeSean McCoy RB Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: I'm just not sure that Brian Westbrook will be healthy. LeSean McCoy has many of the skills Westbrook has will be a potential stud as a rookie if Westbrook doesn't comeback healthy as expected.

Defensive Player of the Year - Aaron Curry LB Seattle Seahawks

Analysis: Best LB in the draft. Has great speed and recognition skills. Will replace Julian Peterson as the Seahawks top playmaking linebacker.

Comeback Player of the Year - Keith Rivers LB Cincinnati Bengals

Analysis: He was a potential defensive rookie of the year before Hines Ward lit him up and broke his jaw. He is extremely gifted and will lead an improving Bengals defensive that was ranked 12th last year.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 6:14 pm
 

This year's NBA season might the best in a while

The 08-09 NBA season was great. There were many stories like Kobe winning a title without Shaq, LeBron winning his first MVP, the 7 game thriller of a series between the Bulls and the Celtics, and Denver emerging as a power in the west with Chauncey Billups going to the Nuggets. But the 09-10 season looks to be beyond great. I mean this year is looking so good I'm definitely thinking about getting NBA league pass.

The first thing I would like to see is the Cavaliers vs Celtics opening night. LeBron and Shaq is probably as crazy as it gets, but from a basketball standpoint I desperately want to see the C's come out firing even though I'm a Knicks fan. The Celtics went out and made the team better by adding Rasheed Wallace to the team and adding Marquis Daniels. The may be the deepest team in the league. Whether the C's start Perkins or Wallace, I think there definitely will be time for see Garnett and Wallace screaming and running up down the floor. Right now it looks like the C's are the favorites to win the NBA title, but there definitely some contenders like the Lakers, the Magic, the Spurs, and the Cavaliers.

Seeing Vince Carter and Dwight Howard on the same team will a great sight to see. Howard and Carter are two of the most athletic players at their respective positions in NBA history. Look forward to seeing Jameer Nelson hooking up with Dwight and Vince on many highlight reel alley-oops.

The return of Gilbert Arenas also should be a great sight to see. If watch basketball you know Gil is an attention grabber. According to Flip Saunders Gil's quickness is back. Andre Iguodala and Quentin Richardson also proclaimed that Gil is back. If he is really back get ready to see the Hibachi throw up some borderline half-court jumpshots on a regular basis while twittering with his left. This also should mean the return of the Wizards in the Eastern Conference rankings.

It would've been great to see Ricky Rubio come to the NBA, but right now it doesn't look like that might happen this year. But the 2009 produced many athletes who will a sight to see. Blake Griffin could be a once in a lifetime pick for the Clippers, Hasheem Thabeet may be the next Dikembe Mutombo. Outside of those two there many players in this draft whose names who might hear a lot. Stephen Curry may be the best shooter to come in the NBA in a long time besides J.J Redick and Jason Kapono. DeMar DeRozan has been dubbed as the next Vince Carter by many Raptor fans. Brandon Jennings is an electrifying talent with off the charts potential and a very confident(border-line cocky) attitude.

It will also be interesting seeing so many players in new uniforms. Shaq in Cleveland, Hedo in Toronto, VC in Orlando, Ben Gordon in Detriot, Richard Jefferson in San Antonio, Emeka Okafor in New Orleans, Tyson in Charlotte, and A.I somewhere. With teams looking to make a run for a championship and other teams looking to dump salary, the NBA might become a very top heavy league. Right now there are so many great teams at the top, teams like Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, New Jersey, New York, and Memphis may be struggling for wins unless there is some great internal development by each team.

There are a couple teams that might be looking to return to the playoffs after missing it last year and others at missing the playoffs perenially.

Phoenix - The Suns could look to make a splash with young talent like Earl Clark and Robin Lopez. Also a healthy Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire should bring back the league's best pick and roll combination

Oklahoma City - If Green, Westbrook, and Durant continue to develop the way they have Oklahoma might become very good in short span of time. I'm not a big fan of James Harden but if he becomes a solid player along with big B.J Mullens out of Ohio State. The Thunder should have great nucleus for a long time.

Washington - The return of the Hibachi, the addition of Miller, Foye ,and Oberto alongside the development of Nick Young, Andray Blatche, and my favorite young center JaVale McGee has the Wizards ready to return to prominence in the Eastern Conference.

Memphis - Rudy Gay packed on some pounds of muscle and is up to 240 pounds. If O.J Mayo and Darrell Arthur improve from last year who knows what could happen. The Grizzles also added Zach Randolph which could give them a much needed scorer from the low post. But they are still a longshot.

Indiana - If Danny Granger and company can stay healthy the Pacers should be competitive this year. Drafting Hansbrough ans signing Danthay Jones should bring great intensity to a team that has playoff potential.

I mentioned earlier that the NBA is very top heavy. With all these great teams it should be very entertaining to watch the Finals. Here are some potential finals matchups with great headlines.

Celtics vs Spurs - Two of the best Power Forwards ever stacked with talent around them clashing in a heavyweight fight would be a sight to see.

Celtics vs Lakers - Bryant and the Lakers look to exact revenge on the Celtics from 2007 and the C's look to return back to the top by beating the Lakers again in the NBA Finals.

Cavaliers vs Lakers - The NBA's two best players battling out. Shaq vs Kobe would be the subplot for the first time ever.

All this and more should make this the most entertaining season the NBA has had in a while.



 
 
 
 
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