Clippers Comeback

The 2012 NBA playoffs have kicked off with plenty of excitement from a buzzer beater in Oklahoma to one of the greatest playoff comebacks in history. Chris young helped spark the comeback with three critical 3-pointers late while Paul added two clutch free throws to complete the miraculous comeback.

The Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be cruising to an easy 1-0 lead over the LA Clippers as they headed into the half with a 19 point lead Sunday. The Grizzlies’ came out into the third quarter looking to put this game away extending their lead to 21 headed into the fourth, but this game would be far from over.

The Clippers would outscore the Grizzly’s by 22 in the fourth quarter and amount a 22-1 run in order to get them the 99-98 win in Memphis. This critical game one win took away home court advantage from Memphis which could prove to be the difference in this series.

Not only did this game level the home court advantage, but also had to be huge blow the team’s morale. This could have broken the spirit of the Grizzlies and depending how they come out in game two could have sealed their fate.

The Clippers have been a much better team this year after acquiring Paul from the Hornets. They have come together as a team and have given them the ability to be competitive in the western conference something that was unheard of a couple of years ago.

The Clippers could cause some problems for teams in the west and make a surprise run for a championship. Let us know what you think about the Clippers comeback and what you think will be the story for the rest of the series.

 

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6 Former UNR Players Headed to the NFL, 4 Drafted Breaks School Record

The NFL Draft, as we expected, went Andrew Luck #1 to the Colts and RG3 #2 to the Washington Redskins. If there wasn’t enough news surrounding theses players before the draft wait for the season to start.

These two quarterbacks will have to forever live in the shadow of each other. Luck seems to be the better prepared QB  to make the transition to the NFL however, you can’t deny the pure talent and raw ability of RG3 who could be the quarterback of the future, but enough about these two guys.

I am here today to acknowledge the continued success of the University of Nevada, Reno athletic program and their ability to continually recruit and shape players in NFL pros.

The University of Nevada, Reno broke a school record over the weekend having four players selected in this year’s NFL Draft, while having another two sign as free agents. Nevada continues to build the quality of their football program with Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault leading the way. Ault is 1 of 2 active coaches who are in the hall of fame and Ault is credited as the creator of the “Pistol Offense” that has spread throughout college football in recent years.

Nevada has produced NFL talent such as WR Nate Burleson (Detroit Lions), TE Virgil Green (Denver Broncos), and QB Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers traded up in last year’s draft to land the former Nevada QB. He is also expected to have the opportunity to take over the face of the franchise in upcoming years. That’s a pretty BIG deal!

This was another great year for Nevada in the NFL draft. Although Nevada didn’t have a player come off the board until James-Michael Johnson LB in the fourth round,  Nevada still broke a school record by having four players taken in this year’s draft and had another two sign with teams through free agency. You never know what hidden gems you might find in the later rounds. Tom Brady was drafted in sixth round with the 199th overall pick and look how that turned out.

Here is the complete list of all the former Nevada players picked up this year by the NFL:

  • James-Michael Johnson LB – Round 4 – Cleveland Browns

  • Brandon Marshall LB – Round 5 Pick 142 – Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Isaiah Frey CB – Round 6 Pick 184 – Chicago Bears

  • Rishard Mathews WR- Round 7 Pick 227 – Miami Dolphins

Free Agent Signings:

  • Brett Roy DT- New York Jets

  • Kaelin Burnett – Oakland Raiders

UFC 145: Jones Proves he’s the Best

OnApril 21, 2012the much anticipated match between former friends, and teammates Rashad Evans and Jon Jones went down. There was a number of verbal exchanges between the two headed up to the fight that made it one of the most anticipated fights in the UFC.

In this fight, Jon “Bones” Jones proved that he the badest fighter in the 205 weight class. When you saw these two fighters standing in the cage together you wonder how they were even in the same weight class. This fight was similar to the classic tale David and Goliath, except in this story Goliath wins. Jones punished Evans with a variety of kicks, punches, and devastating elbows.

Rashad was caught with elbows to the face all night and on a couple of occasions and was badly hurt, but was able to survive the five rounds. Evans had a couple flashes of greatness in which he caught Jones, but nothing that really hurt him.

Jones was just a much bigger more diversified fighter and that showed in this fight. Jones retains his championship belt and leaves the question, who’s next? It seems that there isn’t much completion left in the 205 class for Jones. Jones is the best fighter in the UFC in my opinion, and maybe the fans will be fortunate enough to see a Jones vs. Silva fight in the future. This fight seems more probable if Silva loses to Sonnen this summer, but we will have to wait a find out.

Jones is the new class of fighter as well as the future of the UFC. I believe Jones will be champion for years to come. This was Jones’ third title defense in 7 months and he made everyone of his competitors look like amateurs, no offense to them but it just shows how good of a fighter Jones is.

 

Pat Summit Says Fairwell

One of the greatest coaches in college basketball is saying good bye to the game. Pat Summit, who has been the Tennessee Lady Vandals head coach for 38 season now passes the torch to assistant coach Holly Warlick. Warlick has been an assistant at Tennessee for 27 years and has been there for much of the team’s success, but none the less will have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Summit announced, August 23, that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia associated with Alzheimer helping her make the decisions for this to be her last season. Summit has over 1000 career victories and has won eight national champions. She is the most winning coach in college basketball for both men’s and women’s basketball and can be argued as the greatest college coach ever.

It is going to be very sad not to see Summit at the helm of the Lady Vandals next season, but she isn’t walking away completely. She will become the head coach emeritus and be allowed to sit behind the bench during games and provide the team and coach with her insight. Summit will still be able to have some type of impact on the team and help where she can.

Summit is also going to receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama which recognizes Summit with the nation’s highest civilian honor and with that here is a list of  Pat Summit’s career achievements.

Pat Summit Résumé

Championships

  • 8 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Champions
    • ’87, ‘89, ‘91, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘07, ‘08
  • 16 Time SEC Champions
    • ’80, ’85,’90,’93,’94,’95,’98,’99,’00,’01,’02,’03,’04,’07,’10,’11
  • 16 Time SEC tournament Champions
    • ‘80,’85,’88,’89,’92,’94,’96,’98,’99,’00,’05,’06,’08,’10,’11,’12

Awards

  • 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 8 Time SEC Coach of the Year
  • 7 Time NCAA Coach of the Year
  • Naismith Coach of the 20 Century
  • 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today’s Hockey Playoff Preview

 

The NHL playoffs have been everything but boring with high scores, good defense, and a fair share of fights on the ice. Here is a preview of the games happening today, and what has already gone on in their series.

Florida @ New Jersey: The Florida Panthers were able to get their first playoff victory in 15 years on Sunday. Talk about a long wait, but the Panthers got a 4-2 win to tie the series at one game apiece. Weiss set a Florida Panthers record by scoring within the first 23 seconds of competition getting them off to a great start, but they will need more great play from the whole team in order to win the series. The New Jersey Devils have had some trouble containing the Panthers during power plays this series, after an NHL record 89.6% during the season of preventing scores during these situations. This looks to be a tough fought series.

Nashville @ Detroit: One of the main advantages the Red Wings have had all season long was their dominance on their home ice. That all changed when Nashville took a 2-1 series lead by doing just that, beating them at home. This will put some pressure on the Wings to win tonight in order to prevent and 3-1 series hole. Klein stole the spotlight for the Predators in game 3, providing a goal and late save to silence a Red Wing comeback. There has been a ton of action in this series, and it will only get better as the pressure rises. So, I encourage fans to stay tuned.

Phoenix @ Chicago: Some skepticism was raised after Smith did not practice after a bone-crushing hit in game two of the series. Smith stayed in the game and expressed that he was 100 percent, but we will see how much he actually was affected by the hit. Bryan Bickell’s late game heroics in overtime that game them the win also gave him his first ever two-goal game. The second game between these two teams proved to be one for the ages and we can only anticipate what the rest of it will be like. It should be filled with hard hits, drama, and two teams fighting to make it to the next round.

How ‘Bout them Dodgers!

Just a couple of months ago we were watching a baseball tragedy as the Dodgers franchise seemed to be crumbling. Former owner Frank McCourt financial struggles dominated headlines with bankruptcy talks and key player relationship issues, but things seem to be turning around for the historic baseball team.

Bankruptcy courts have approved the purchase of the Dodgers to a group headed by hall of fame Laker and business entrepreneur Magic Johnson. Johnson brings a positive outlook on the future of the Dodgers and has plans to restore them to their historic prestige.

However, the management team isn’t the only thing that has help turn the Dodger outlook around. Their impressive start has also helped. They have opened with a 9-1 record along with a 6-0 home stand for the first time since the ’81 season when they won the World Series.

Matt Kemp has emerged as a front-runner for the League’s MVP once again after falling just short last season to Ryan Braun. Kemp is batting .487 with 6 homeruns and 16 RBI’s. Either has also complimented Kemp very well making them the most dangerous duo in the middle of the lineup.

Chad Billingsley has also been impressive from the bullpen opening the season with a 2-0 start with a 0.63 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 1 walk. This is something that the Dodgers are going to need to maintain if they want to make it deep into the playoffs and quality pitching will be a factor.

The season is still young and there is a lot of baseball to be played. With all their success in the beginning season they still have a lot to strive for. No Dodger team has started the season 10-1 since the ’55 Brooklyn team started 11-1 on their way to the franchise’s first ever championship.

You can catch the revived Dodger team this Tuesday @ Milwaukee Brewers @ 5:10 pm local time on Fox NW. You have to be excited for these guys who are finally able to enjoy the game of baseball without all the negative media surrounding them. GO DODGERS!

Is Kobe Really Hurt?

With a shortened season that has proved demanding on the players, especially the older ones, is coming to an end with many teams resting their star players for the playoffs.Kobehas not played since April 6 and has only missed 100 games in his 16 year career, but are the Lakers resting him or is he actually hurt?

As I was watching ESPN today, one of the announcers explained it best saying it just isn’tKobe’s style. Bryant has displayed both his physical and mental toughness throughout his career by playing hurt. Not only has he played while being hurt, but he has also performed very well when he did. He said if Kobe wasn’t hurt he would throw down a couple forty point games just so everyone knew he was the scoring champ.

Some may even make the argument that the Lakers are better without him in the line up based on the team’s success during his current injury. The Lakers have managed a 4-1 record without Bryant and have key players stepping up, including Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace. However, no team is better of without Kobe Bryant and that’s just fact.

What this will do for the Lakers is make them very dangerous come playoff time, and I’ll tell you why. Kobe Bryant will get some rest who is probably feeling the affects of the shortened season. You also get key players getting key playing time that will help with confidence and getting the team playing well together. It’s just all happening and the right time.

Bryant said in a halftime interview that his shin is feeling much better and he expects to be back playing before the playoffs. This will make sure he is in some sort of a rhythm come playoff time.

Bynum put out a 23 and 16 performance; Ramon Sessions added another 22 points and 5 assists, and Pau Gasol with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gasol also answered two late 3-points that seal the game for the Lakers in OT. The Lakers are going to be very dangerous come playoff time so don’t count them out of make a run for a championship.