By Josh Kramer Streaky and potential are two words that have always disgusted me when it comes to professional athletes. I realize that professional athletes are human and neither term is necessarily a bad thing. But in this day and age, they both … Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jeremy Lin (pictured above) took over New York City this past February. Now he is receiving big contract offers. Is Lin really worthy of 29 million over four years?
By Josh Kramer
The story of Jeremy Lin is truly one of my favorites in sports. I will be the first one to say that I am a major fan of “Linsanity.” Everyone loves the David versus Goliath story. The story where a massive underdog defies the odds. In this particular case, a guy that defied logic, to accomplish dreams. Jeremy Lin is truly a role model for all and should serve as motivation for anyone looking to realize their dreams regardless if they deal with sports.
Yesterday, recent news regarding the player who took New York City by storm this past February disturbed me. Reports were released that Lin felt slighted by the Knicks. That Lin was surprised the Knicks did not make the first move. In essence, Lin was offended by what has occurred thus far during free agency. It should be known that Lin has since refuted these statements saying that he never made them (I hope that he didn’t). Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. John Calipari (pictured above) once again stole the show at the NBA Draft last evening.
By Josh Kramer
Is anybody else seeing blue? Eight first round picks came from Kentucky and North Carolina. Plus, six players out of Lexington were selected on the night (a record). That is a whole lot of blue. For the first time in NBA Draft history, the top two picks happened to come from the same University. In addition, the top three picks were not only all freshman, but they were all players out of the SEC East. Go figure. I thought the SEC was a football conference? These days, John Calipari is becoming more of a mainstay at the NBA Draft than David Stern. The following are ten observations from the night in no particular order. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Isn’t it a no-brainer who the Head Coach of the New York Knicks should be in 2012/2013? Mike Woodson (pictured above) is clearly the man for the job.
By Josh Kramer
405 and 563. 3 and 14. These are the records of the New York Knicks in regular season and postseason play since the departure of Patrick Ewing. New York has seen better days in terms of basketball to say the least. After finally breaking their woeful record setting 13 game losing streak in playoff play, New York has many question marks as they prepare for Game 5 of their first round series with the Miami Heat.
Let’s be entirely realistic though. I have a better shot at winning the lottery than the Knicks do at winning the next three games against the Miami Heat and advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Who will be manning the New York sidelines during the 2012/2013 season? That is the real question.
Isn’t it obvious?
Unless Phil Jackson miraculously decides to come out of retirement and take over the reigns, Mike Woodson is the man for the job. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of thenewsportsguru.com. Robert Griffin III (pictured above) and other rookies are getting their first reps with their new employers already.
By Josh Kramer
The word “playoffs” is the best way to describe the wide world of sports over the past week. And guess what. “Playoffs” will continue to be the heart of the sporting world this week. Here are the main events to keep an eye on.
5. Wednesday was one of the most wild days in recent memory regarding the NFL. It even topped the Manning/Tebow bonanza. There was some good, some bad, and some sad. Well rookies like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and others are getting their first real workouts in with their new employees. Keep an eye out as rookie minicamp finishes. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Rudy Gay (pictured above) is the main guy in Memphis these days. After suffering a heartbreaking loss on Sunday, the Grizzlies will rely heavily on Gay to help get Memphis back into the series.
By Josh Kramer
Today is a special day for “TheSportsKraze.” Back when I started this blog in September of 2009, I never could have imagined all that I would learn from this experience. Writing daily on this forum has truly been a blessing and helped me grow as both a writer and as a person. When my roommate convinced me to start “TheSportsKraze,” I figured it would be a nice little hobby that may get some looks from ten to twenty of my closest family and friends a day. These days, “TheSportsKraze” has become a major part of my daily routine and is read by hundreds of people from across the globe every day. Well today, we have hit the 900th post. Please take it in and enjoy.
Sleeping in Memphis?
All NBA fans had the Clippers/Grizzlies series circled as the one that would provide some fireworks in the opening round. Well the series opener did not disappoint by any means. I turned the game off after the third quarter. It was already kind of late, and the Grizzlies were absolutely making a mockery out of “Lob City.” Shame on me for not watching the full 48 minutes. The beauty of sports is no game is ever over until the final horn sounds or the final out is made. I learned this as a young child when Reggie Miller ripped the hearts out of the New York Knicks by scoring eight points in nine seconds on May 7, 1995.
I have been high on the Grizzlies all season. There is a reason why I picked them way back in December to play deep into the postseason. The Grizzlies shocked the Spurs last year. And this off-season, they only appeared to get better. Through three quarters on Sunday, they looked the part as a major contender in the West. Then the fourth quarter from hell struck. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of mutualuniversity.blogspot.com. People received a heavy dose of Todd McShay (left) and Mel Kiper (right) this weekend. There is still plenty more to come.
By Josh Kramer
How many times this weekend did you hear the following lines? “That’s a reach.” “The sky is the limit for this guy.” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am all NFL Drafted out. It is a great event. But on to the next one. What a great time in sports right now. Major League Baseball is just getting going. The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.
5. Have you had enough of the NFL Draft yet? Well guess what, the coverage is not over. Despite the insane amount of attention that the NFL’s marquee off-season event received, there is still plenty more to come as the experts try to tell you how good or bad your team did in the war room. Here are a few interesting statistics in regards to the 2012 NFL Draft.
-55% of the drafted players (142 of 253) came out of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12.
-Alabama has turned into the new NFL U (8 players selected). Plus, the Crimson Tide became only the second school ever to have multiple underclassmen selected in the first round of the draft in three consecutive years (Miami is the other).
-Times are changing. The Sunshine State was not smiling on Thursday night. No players from Miami, Florida, or Florida State were selected in the first round for the first time since 1980.
-A new record of 19 early entrants were selected in round one (the previous record was 17 in 2010).
-Boise State had six players drafted this year. Only Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia had more taken. I am sure people will blame this on the “easy” schedule though. Continue reading
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