Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Tiger Woods (pictured above) leapfrogged Jack Nicklaus with PGA Tour win number 74 yesterday.
By Josh Kramer
Spain took their place among the elite teams in soccer history this weekend after taking home a third consecutive major title. Wimbledon has had a March Madness type of feel with Venus Williams exiting in Round 1 and Rafael Nadal going down in Round 2. Brad Keselowski was the king of the Kentucky Speedway. And the “Dwight Howard Soap Opera” has opened up Season 2. Last week was a great one, but this week will be jam-packed in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Kentucky Speedway got it right this year. Brad Keselowski was a happy man on Saturday night as he moved into 10th in the Sprint Cup Standings. Now the NASCAAR crew heads to Daytona to see who can take home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona. David Ragan came out victorious last year at this event, while the current leader of the Spring Cup Standings, Matt Kenseth, finished second.
4. Tiger Woods is back in the building. Or at least in the win column. Woods has leapfrogged Jack Nicklaus in terms of PGA Tour wins and now ranks second all time at 74. I am not going to get carried away though. He is still out in the “Woods” in my eyes and the Tiger we once knew will never return. Next stop, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia for the Greenbrier Classic. Continue reading →
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. At times, Chris Bosh (pictured above) gets lost in the shuffle on Miami’s loaded roster. People are beginning to realize his importance as Miami struggles to survive in the East without the third member of their “Big Three.”
By Andrew Wittry
From the start of the NBA season, the Miami Heat have been the Eastern Conference favorites. After Chris Bosh’s abdominal strain sidelined him in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals things began to change. Then falling behind 2-1 in the series, the Heat were thrown into a must-win scenario in Game 4. It was the first time all season that Erik Spoelstra’s squad had been in danger of being eliminated by a non-elite team (any team outside of the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs). Their one-game deficit also marked the widespread realization of how important Chris Bosh is to the Heat. Bosh often gets discounted when it comes to Miami’s “Big Three.” Wade is the long-time hero of Miami who brought a championship to South Beach. LeBron is the four-time MVP who puts the Heat on his back night in and night out. And what is Chris Bosh? In reality, he is an All-Star level talent who has 20 ppg and 10 rpg potential; however, the former Georgia Tech forward is the third scoring option in Miami and does not get the credit he deserves for the role he plays alongside D-Wade and LeBron.
It was not until Chris Bosh had to miss the rest of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals that fans began to understand just how integral he was to the Heat’s success. Without Bosh, the Heat have the dynamic tandem of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, aging forwards, and inconsistent shooters. With Bosh on the floor, defenses have to pay attention to both Miami’s guards and forwards. However, if Joel Anthony is involved in a pick-and-roll offense, defenders can concentrate on James and Wade since Anthony is not a major scoring threat. Even if the Heat are Dwyane Wade’s team, Chris Bosh is a more important player. Without Wade this year in the regular season, Miami went 7-1. Without Bosh, they were 4-5. Continue reading →
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Tagged Andrew Wittry, Boston Celtics, Brandon Bass, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, David West, Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Indiana Pacers, Joel Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Miami Heat, Mickael Pietrus, NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder, Roy Hibbert, San Antonio Spurs
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Roy Hibbert (pictured above) and the Indiana Pacers are proving to be a contender in the early-going in the East. Will they mature in time for the playoffs?
By Josh Kramer
It is no secret that the Indiana Pacers have finally returned from their seven-year hiatus following the infamous, “Malice at the Palace.” There is a reason why many, including myself, pronounced the Pacers as the sleeper team in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has a good thing going, and will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
Wednesday night, they handled business at arguably the toughest arena to visit in the NBA, the United Center. Sadly though, they did not finish the job. The Pacers showed signs of their immaturity and inexperience via a very excessive post-game celebration (more on this later). Going into Wednesday, Chicago, who also happens to be the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference was 8 and 0 at home. Well the dreams of an undefeated home record were dashed on Wednesday by the very balanced attack of Indiana.
Indiana is a team that can beat you in so many ways. Continue reading →
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Tagged Chicago Bulls, David Robinson, Derrick Rose, Eastern Conference, Hakeem Olajuwon, Indiana Pacers, Luol Deng, MVP, NBA, Patrick Ewing, Roy Hibbert, Shaquille O'Neal
As I predicted in the preseason, I am taking Kobe, Phil, and the Lakers to complete the 3-peat with another amazing playoff run. Will this be the end of the line for Phil Jackson?
The grueling 82 game regular season is finally over and playoff time is upon us. Most casual fans do not invest a heavy interest in the regular season, but come playoff time, the NBA takes center stage. There is no questioning the effort of these amazing basketball players at this time of year. It is all or nothing. This is where the men are separated from the boys. As promised, I am going to provide my predictions on how this year’s postseason will play out. Continue reading →
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