FOOLISHNESS IN OKC???
Feel free to respond with your opinion I’m willing to listen to all points, but I think what the Oklahoma Thunder did last week in trading reigning 6th man and budding superstar James Harden was prolly the most foolish thing they could have done. At first I was on the side of the Thunder, Harden you give up being on a perennial title contender for an extra year on your contract and an annual salary at 3 million more than what OKC was offering…GREEDY. Than I sat back and thought and read some other perspective and had to agree. James Harden has proved to be quite the opposite of GREEDY. This is a guy who has given up shots, minutes, and being a starter for the betterment of his team. In my opinion he was the 2nd best player on OKC and a top 20 player and deserved to be paid as such; so to watch OKC shell out contracts to Westbrook and Ibaka had to be frustrating for him. So now that he felt he wasn’t receiving what he deserved the Thunder decided to trade him to Houston. Now the Thunder did what they had to do you can’t take the risk of him walking at season end, ala James, but you should’ve paid the money he wanted to be OKC but he wanted to be treated fairly and what was foolish was you guys failing to do such. Harden stat line in Houston’s opener 37pts (14-25) 12asts 6rbs 4stls the regret hasn’t set in but it will.
Chicago Baseball Preview
With the baseball season one day away for both Chicago teams I’m going to hit you with my baseball preview for both the Cubs and the White Sox. This is somewhat of a challenge for me because I am not one of those fans that cheer for both city teams. I am a die hard Cubs fans, but for this one day I’m going to put my bias thoughts aside and give you an honest assessment on each team.
When taking a deep look at each team I’ve come to see the two different directions each team is taking and how they plan on approaching their up and coming season. White Sox look to have more of win now attitude with the continuity they have been buildingup under a solid GM in Kenny Williams and coaching staff lead by the always fiery and outspoken Ozzie Guillen. Returning most of there players from a team that finished 2nd with a record 88-74 the Soxlook to build on there team chemistry while fixing a couple of last seasons problems. I would say one of the major problems for the Sox last year was their inability to finish games, and I believe the Sox solved that problem with addition by subtraction. The Sox got rid of Bobby Jenks and promoted All-Star setup arm Matt Thornton coupled with the likes of young arms like Chris Sale and Sergio Santos also the additions of veterans Jesse Crain and Will Ohman the White Sox look to have some success in the pen in 2011.
While the pen was a weakness for the White Sox that they hoped to have fixed the starting staff and offense where strengths that they hope to build upon. When you can boast a staff 5 deep with the likes of Buehrle, Floyd, Danks, Jackson, and Peavyits really hard to find weak spots but if there’s anything I can knit-pick on it would be the consistency to do it for a full year. This staff started off slow but picked up steam as the year went on now they have Edwin Jackson for a full year and hopefully Jake Peavy can return to something close to his Cy Young form and this teams rotation is as good as anyone’s in the league. A strong rotation coupled with an equally strong lineup with the addition of Adam Dunn and the skies the limit for a team like the Sox. In conclusion the only thing I can see slowing down the Sox is injuries and off years, and the only thing I see stopping the Sox from winning the division is a Twins team equally as strong. All-in-all I see 94 wins for this team and a possible AL Central championship.
While the White Sox may have a win now approach the Chicago Cubs approach is more of a wait and see approach with 103 of futility and fans monitoring every move with a watchful eye the Cubs ownership and management can not go out and say that this is a rebuilding year. So in attempt to not upset fans the Cubs made a few moves that can the fans on the northside happy while not spending to much and saving up for the future. With holes in our rotation bullpen and 1st base Cubs did the most they can with the least amount of resources possible and went out and signed Carlos Pena and Kerry Wood in free agency and acquired Matt Garza in a trade with Tampa Bay. While I personally think these moves are not the key to the season I believe each move made every aspect of our team a little better.
So what will determine the success of the 2011 Cubs would be the veterans already on our team. The Cubs need bounce back years from the likes of Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano in the lineup as well as injury free and drama free year from Carlos Zambrano. The Cubs have all the potential and talent in the world to compete with the likes of Reds and Cardinals in our division but they need to perform to the level they are capable of. So with a strong bullpen, alright rotation and alright offense I believer the Cubs will be in the thick of the NL Central race but with a tough division it will be hard to make the playoffs. I will personally never count the Cubs out and see them surprising alot of people this year and finishing the season with 88 wins.
Well peeps thats my 2011 Chicago Baseball Preview. Enjoy the read and leave feedback, repost or whatever to get this out thanks.
“ I found it serendipitous that 1990s pop culture references indicted Bosh’s toughness and the worst shooting performance of his career in a game against a Bulls franchise trying to return to its 1990s glory. Even more interesting is that three of those Chicago championship teams featured a guy who would dye his hair, paint his fingernails and toss on the occasional dress and yet no one came close to questioning his toughness the way they do Bosh. That’s because the basketball world understood that while Dennis Rodman might be a part-time drag queen and full-time drama queen, when it came to ball, there was nothing queeny about him. He was never one to shy away from physical play. In fact, he welcomed it. ”
“ the biggest difference between Jesus Christ and ethical and moral teachers who have been deified by man is that these moralist came to make bad people good…Jesus came to make dead people live! ”
NO ONE KNOWS NOTHING ESPECIALLY BUSTER ONLNEY!!!!
If you know me you know I love sports and if you know me to a deeper extent you know I love the rumor mills of sports. I love filling my mind with possibilities that 99.9% of the time never happen. I will read forums, blogs, articles, and any other source I can get my hands on to big deeper into a rumor. So recently I’ve been reading my allotment of reading material on certain rumors such as Matt Garza to the Cubs, John Harbaugh to any number of NFL teams, or Andrew Luck going to the NFL and have found a common theme in all this and that is that no one knows anything. Even the most decorated of sports journalist/media know nothing.
Its not that this upsets me its just that I hate when people say, “I heard from someone with knowledge of the situation” and then it turns out to be not true. I think it stems from a child like mentality that “older” people such as your parents who are suppose to be more “knowledgable” shouldnt lie. So as I reading through some rumor furoms I hear a lot of this “can we get a more credible source” and all I can think is that there is no credible source couse no one knows nothing.
I think I write this rant/blog couse I was hurt recently. Me the diehard Chicago Cubs fan was reading through many off-season blogs and forums about a possible trade that would bring what I would say is a top of the rotation starter to the Chicago Cubs. After reading this rumor for a couple of days I was really hoping it would come true then the obvious happened a report came out from a credible source that the Cubs and Rays have agreed on a deal for Matt Garza. I got excited I think a drop may have come out anyways thats besides the point. As I screamed in the inside and was about to send out my ”HA look who we got texts” I swear not but 10 minutes later a new report came out from guess what? A more credible source. Buster Olney of ESPN reports that no the Cubs did not get Matt Garza and that he believes that the Rays are not trading Graza till the summer where the offers will be better. I was heart broken till 2 days later when it was officially announced from both organzations that yes indeed there was a trade in place and the Cubs will be getting Matt Garza. Long story short I dont need to be groing through these emotional rollercoasters because some dude doesnt know what there talking about. LOL THE END
With rumors swirling around that the Bulls have made an attempt to acquire Denver Nugget Score Machining Carmelo Anthony. I would like to add my input to the topic. And this is it no I would not trade Joakim Noah and Luol Deng for Carmelo Anthony. Believe me when I say I have honestly tossed and turned in my bed just thinking about this possible trade; I say to myself “its CARMELO ANTHONY” he’s 26 and probably one of these best players in the NBA right now why not trade for him? I will give you a couple of reasons why I wouldn’t.
First question you have to ask yourself is; does this trade make us better? Some might say, “YES it definitely does” I would say NO. Lets run some numbers
[PLAYER] [GP] [PPG] [AST] [RPG] [STL] [BLK] Carmelo Anthony 69 28.2 3.2 6.6 1.3 0.4 Luol Deng 70 17.6 2 7.3 0.9 0.9 Joakim Noah 64 10.7 2.1 11 0.5 1.6
So looking at these numbers I get a few these out of this; Yes, Carmelo Anthony is a great scorer, but at what expense do you want his scoring. Because if we add Melo it will undoubtedly hamper Derrick Rose’s growth a bit. Another thing I see is that we would be giving up 2 of our best rebounders from a team that led the league in rebounding last season losing one of our team strengths and advantage we have over other teams. We also lose a veteran great locker room type of guy in Luol Deng and arguably one of the top defensive and rebounding centers in the Eastern Conference let alone one of our emotional leaders in Joakim Noah. More importantly we got a new coach that preaches defensive first and now we have to give away our to best defenders for a guy known to be a lazy defender.
So I say NO I do not want Carmelo Anthony at the expensive of lowering our team defense and rebounding, bringing aboard his diva-like attitude and yes he has one demanding a trade before his contract runs out, and possibly having an effect on a very cohesive team right now. So to answer my own question I say Carmelo Anthony makes us a worse team than we are now.
Recently I have been praying and asking the Lord for direction for my future. I’m now 21 and living on my own I guess you can say and becoming a “grown-up” and its become that time for me to really sit down and access where I’m at right now and where I want to be. As you guys may know after I graduated highschool I attended Moody Bible Institute with the intentions of being in full-time ministry, and after a couple unsuccessful semester Moody asked me to leave. I know this may seem like confession time from Edgar Reyes but I have nothing to hide I believe we are to be transperent with each other in order for people to fully hold you accountable for the things you do. So after Moody asked me to leave it was my full intention to get things right in my life and re-enroll at Moody.
But getting things right in my life was a constant struggle I honestly didn’t want to go back to Moody let alone any college I felt it was time wasting and I wanted to do my own thing. Okay when I say my own thing it wasnt just spend my free-time doing what I wanted to do it was my own thing living a life in complete disregard to what God wanted me to do. I was struggling with pornagraphy, girls, alcholol (and though it wasnt bad I was underage and I fell into peer pressure and started doing more occassionally and to the max), language (was out of control and though you may see this as not that bad it is and it does affect and affect the others around you), and anger I dont know if you read the Bible but usually when it talks about ridding yurself of bad things it usually says anger and though I thought nothing was wrong with anger I was an angry kid.
What may things worse with this constant struggle was the ability to hide it and boy did I do that well. I’ve always been able to hide things well from emotions to leading people to believe everything was okay in my life. I would tell people my daily walk was going good I was in the word and prayer when I never did any of that. I also told them yes I want to go back to Moody when Moody was the last thing on my mind. And people may have bought it or maybe they didnt I dont know but I thought they did and thats what lead me to keep it going on.
On Febuary 14th my world came crashing down. Though I was struggling with my own walk I was still a leader in Aftershocks which is the Student Youth Group at my church, and since my walk was bad I really felt it hard to teach those kids anything so I sat and really listened as if I was one of the kids as J.J. Pacheco taught class never really giving any input because I would sound like a hyprocite to myself if I said this is wrng or that is wrong when I was struggling with the same issues. But though it was really hard to teach I had to at points and I really loved those kids and through teaching them it was kind of leading me back on the right path because as I loved them and wanted to see them do right I also wanted to do right. And I felt my group had more of an accountability open approach because we all were struggling with the same things and it lead more to sharing and more cohesiveness among us kids it was fun. But this group and program I had a strong passion for ended for me on Febuary 14th as I was caught doing something I shouldnt have been doing (and I’ll leave it at that) and was asked to step down from my position at Aftershocks. That was heart-breaking it hurt so bad I’ve never been one to cry about things but I couldn’t help it that day. And it was a mixture of alot of things; the fact that I couldn’t be with these kids no more, the fact that a felt I was letting a good friend down in Robert Rivera and not only him alot of people, but more importantly a finally felt broken, and I cried and cried that night.
I know I said my world came crashing down but that can be taken both ways it was bad because I lost a thing I loved doing. I cant imagine what pro athletes go through when there tear and acl or something bad because that have to give up the thing they love for awhile. But in a way it was good because my world at that point was no good for me. Through this situation God broke me he took me and showed me to the world for the sinner I was; no longer could I hide or put up this front and thats the good that came out of this situation people knew I was struggling and they came to my side. It was a burden lifted off of me I felt free for once.
You remember in school on the first day of class the teacher always use to say you have a A+ in this class its your job to keep it that way thats how I felt. I had an A+ again and all I wanted to do was to keep it. So I started I would say a more complete accountability with Robert and a more complete relationship with God. I’m not saying I dont struggle but I now see the light and the end of the tunnel when I do sometimes my A+ my slide down to B but I’m always trying to get it back up. I have a Colossians 3 goal and thats putting on a new self I’ve already put away with the old now its time to keep stacking on layers and layers of the new. And I hope you guys will continue to pray for me as time goes on pray that I continue to strive for the Lord, now that I’m in a new relationship (yes shes young) but pray that we continue to have a Godly relationship and that I can be a Godly leader in that relationship.
Also pray for my next step as I have to decide through much prayer that I want to enroll in Columbia College and pursue a degree in Sports Journalism. I love the Lord and will continue to serve him that wont change since I’m no longer going to Moody it just means I have to be more active in staying in my Word and praying. Here Hugo this may not be the first blog your looking for but I had to get some things off my mind first, but from now on hopefully this blog will be committed to my very opinionated thoughts on sports so feel free to follow. LOVE AND PEACE
I haven’t blogged anything for awhile and the only reason I am blogging now is because Twitter and Facebook have character restrictions so I cant post what I really want to say. So here’s my basketball rant as the draft and free agency approach. First things first no one and I mean no one is the next Michael Jordan no one can do what Jordan has done for basketball not Kobe not Lebron no one. Seriously its not only the championships its the legacy he left. So congrats Kobe on your 5th championship and yes you have one more to win and you’ll have 6 like Jordan but you’ll will never be better or do what he has done (sorry). Secondly I’m not changing my mind on who I believe the best player in basketball is and to me that is Lebron James, but I have to admit he is not the best winner in basketball and that would go to Kobe at the moment (give D-Rose sometime. LOL). Don’t get me wrong they have built a winner around Kobe but he had to tough it out in L.A. after Shaq left and he did. He adjusted his game his mentality and became a winner. So Lebron thats what you need to do not adjust and become a winner. Now finally with this huge free agency period approaching I would like to say a few things. I of course wouldn’t mind Lebron James at all of course seeing that I think he’s the best player, and his big ego would be around two people I believe have a will to win Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. But not at the expense at losing good oppurtunities to sign other top free agents because you know Lebron is going to drag this process out and its not worth waiting if you don’t even know he will sign in Chicago. I honestly would not mind if Chicago goes out and signs say Joe Johnson and Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, or A’mare Stoudemire. I was always told 2 is better than 1. So here’s what I believe the Bulls 2 biggest needs are a big inside scorer and a outside shooter. Not a medium sized slasher with a decent shot (Lebron James). So number one free agent priority should be the best big man and thats Chris Bosh then we go get the shooter. Well there goes my rant enjoy the read. LOL!!!
I’ve found myself recently researching the in’s and out’s of basketball shoes because after playing basketball a lot recently I’ve been feeling a pain in my knee after playing. So I looked into what could be the cause and I thought in can do with cushioning but my shoes are not poorly cushioned at all seeming I did the inside of my shoe basically myself adding a lot of support then I stumbled upon a report about the myth that high top shoes provide more ankle support then low top shoes. I say myth couse I believe it’s a myth if I can quote Kobe Bryant who released his new low cut shoe Kobe says, “if you fall bad on your ankle the fact that your shoe is high cut or low cut is not going to prevent you from spraining it” he continued to say, “your ankle is a ball joint and having it straped up won’t let it move the way it’s suppose to move.” Since Kobe knows aloft about basketball I took what he had to say over a lot of other people, but I still wanted to know why my knees were hurting when I stumbled upon a report. Basically this report said that we do take a lot of wear and tear on our legs playing basketball with the jumping and cutting and all around a lot of footwork so naturally our legs, knees, and ankles are going to hurt, but as far as making sure you ankle is super secure can also have it’s risk. The report believes that yes high top shoes and any amount of ankle support whether it be straps or what not can protect your ankle it can also have a damaging effect on your knees the report stated that if your ankle is locked tight in place guess what is next to go and that would be your knee. So as far as why I think my knees hurt I think it’s because the added attention I pay to my ankles. So for my conclusion I have to ask you one question what’s worse a sprained or broken ankle or your knee giving out. I’ll take the bum ankle any day.
MY ALL-STAR BASEBALL TEAM (UNDER 80 MILLION)
THE AVERAGE SALARY FOR A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM IS $80,000,000 TO $85,000,000 SINCE EVERYONE KNOWS SPORTS IS MY PASSION (UN-LIKE ROBERT AND STAR WARS) AND BASEBALL MORE SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE I AM A DIE HARD CUBS FAN I’M GOING TO MAKE MY ALL-STAR BASEBALL TEAM UNDER $80 MILLION. A WHOLE 24 TEAM ROSTER INCLUDING A MANAGER. IN DOING THIS YOU COULD SEE I’M NOT A BIAS CUBS FAN BECAUSE THERE’S NOT ONE CUBS PLAYER ON MY TEAM (BUT THERE IS ONE WHITE SOX), AND ALSO YOU CAN COMPARE YOUR BASEBALL KNOWLEDGE TO MINE I’M WILLING TO DEBATE ANY OF THESE PLAYERS AS ONE OF THE BEST AT THERE PERSPECTIVE POSITION
CATCHER: JOE MAUER: $10,500,000: JOE MAUER IS THE BEST HITTER IN THE AL AND BEING AT A YOUNG AGE HE WILL ONLY BUILD ON HIS SUCCESS.
FIRST BASE: ALBERT PUJOLS: $14,427,326: THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL A TRIPLE CROWN THREAT EVERY YEAR.
SECOND BASE: AARON HILL: $2,590,00: I WOULD ARGUE HE IS ONE OF THE TOP 3 2ND BASEMAN IN BASEBALL ALSO YOUNG HE WILL BUILD ON HIS 30+ HR’S AND 100+ RBI YEAR. PLUS A GREAT VALUE AT UNDER 3 MILLION.
THIRD BASE: EVAN LONGORIA: $550,500: ONE OF THE BEST YOUNGER HITTER IN BASEBALL IN JUST TWO YEARS HE HAS AVERAGED 30 HR’S AND 99 RBI AND A .277 AVG. ALSO THE 2ND BEST VALUE ON MY TEAM UNDER 1 MILLION.
SHORTSTOP: HANLEY RAMIREZ: $5,500,000: NOW THIS IS MY FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER NOT ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG HITTERS IN BASEBALL BUT THE BEST YOUNG HITTER IN BASEBALL. HE HAS A CAREER AVERAGE OF .316 IN 4 YEARS TO GO ALONG WITH AN AVERAGE OF 26 HR’S HE’S STOLE 51 BASES HIS FIRST 2 YEARS WITH AN AVERAGE OF 41 IN 4 YEARS HE’S HAD 125 RUNS TWICE IN HIS 4 YEAR CAREER AND AVERAGES 117 PER/YEAR AND 75 RBI PER/YEAR WITH HIS FIRST 100+ RBI YEAR LAST YEAR AND ALREADY HAS HAD A 30/30 YEAR HIS THIRD YEAR. WITH HIS HIGHEST HOMERUN TOTAL 33 AND ALREADY SURPASSING 40 STEALS ITS NOT HARD TO ASSUME HE WILL BE A 40/40 PLAYER ONE YEAR.
LEFT FIELD: RYAN BRAUN: $1,032,500: ANOTHER GREAT VALUE AND ANOTHER GREAT YOUNG HITTER. YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM FOR 100+ RUNS, 100+RBI, 30+ HR’S AND .300+ AVERAGE.
CENTER FIELD: MATT KEMP: $467,000: ONE OF THE BEST DEFENDERS AT HIS POSITION WITH A CANNON ARM AND GREAT SPEED. HE’S A TRUE FIVE TOOL ATHLETE ENOUGH SAID.
RIGHT FIELD: NICK MARKAKIS: $3,350,000: ANOTHER GREAT YOUNG PLAYER THAT FIELDS HIS POSITION WELL WITH A STRONG ARM AND CAN HIT THE BALL TO ALL PARTS OF THE FIELD
STARTING PITCHER (ACE): TIM LINCECUM: $650,000: ALREADY HAS 2 CY YOUNGS AND HAS LEAD THE LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS PLUS HES YOUNG AND THE BEST VALUE ON MY TEAM
STARTING PITCHER (#2): ZACK GREINKE: $3,750,000: REMINDS ME OF GREG MADDUX WITH HIS COMMAND OF HIS PITCHES AND THE COMMAND OF THE STRIKE ZONE BUT HE THROWS MUCH HARDER. ALREADY HAS WON A CY YOUNG.
STARTING PITCHER (#3): “KING” FELIX HERNANDEZ: $3,800,000: ANOTHER YOUNG POWER ARM WITH RIDICULOUS STUFF. A STRIKEOUT MACHINE THAT WINS GAMES.
STARTING PITCHER (#4): ADAM WAINWRIGHT: $2,787,500: HAS ONLY GOT BETTER AS HIS CAREER HAS WENT ON GONE FROM A SUCCESSFUL CLOSER IN THE 2006 WORLD SERIES TO A FRONT OF THE ROTATION STARTER WITH ONE OF THE NASTIEST CURVEBALLS IN BASEBALL.
STARTING PITCHER (#5): JOSH JOHNSON: $1,400,000: LOOKING FOR VALUE HE IS GREAT HIS K TO WALK RATIO IS GREAT. HES ANOTHER YOUNG POWER ARM.
CLOSER: JONATHAN PAPELBON: $6,250,000: ONE OF THE TOP CLOSERS IN BASEBALL WITH ELECTRIC STUFF. WHEN HE GETS THE BALL IN THE 9TH HE SAVES THE GAME 90% OF THE TIME HIS STRIKEOUT PER 9 INNINGS IS 10+ HIS OPPONENTS BATTING AVERAGE AGAINST IS UNDER .200 AND HIS CAREER ERA IS UNDER 2.00.
SETUP MAN: JONATHAN BROXTON: $1,825,000 SETUP MAN: HEATH BELL: $1,255,000 RELIEF PITCHER: MATT THORNTON: $1,325,000 RELIEF PITCHER: J.P. HOWELL: $433,700 LONG RELIEF: KLAYTON KERSHAW: $404,000 LONG RELIEF: YOVANNI GALLARDO: $414,000
BENCH: ANDRE ETHIER: $3,100,000 BENCH: MARK REYNOLDS: $422,500 BENCH: ADRIAN GONZALEZ: $3,125,000 BENCH: IAN KINSLER $3,200,000
MANAGER: TONY LA RUSSA: $2,800,000: HE SEEMS TO ALWAYS PUT OUT A GOOD PRODUCT AND COMPETES NO MATTER THE INJURIES OR PAYROLL OR TEAM.
TOTAL TEAM PAYROLL: $75,359,026
WELL THATS MY ALL-STAR TEAM UNDER 80 MILLION IF YOU CAN DO BETTER GO FOR IT I HAVE 4.5 MILLION+ LEFT OVER FOR MY COACHING STAFF (LOL). A LITTLE NOTE ALL OF THE TEAM BUT 2 PLAYERS IS UNDER 30 YRS OLD (HEATH BELL AND MATT THORNTON) THAT SAYS THAT BASEBALL IS IN GOOD HANDS.