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Posted on: October 14, 2009 1:10 pm
 

October and April easily the best sports months

As I was sitting around the TV with some friends last Sunday watching the Broncos- Patriots game, we got into an interesting debate on what we think the best all around month for sports is. After going through all of them we came up with two that were the key months to argue over. April and October. I said April was the best month while some of my freinds respectfully disagreed and said it was October. Then the debate began, below I'll list why each month is special for the sports world.

April:   I chose April because there are a lot of events in April with significant meaning and entertainment in the sports world. So many events happen in that month that are must see or to say the least, intruiging.

   In April you get spoiled with a variety of different sports events that are very important to their respective sports. First off, you have March Madness coming to an end with the start of the Final Four, some fans would argue this event alone makes April better then any other month. But on top of that, you get the end of the regular season and start of the playoffs for both the NBA and the NHL. It's when many teams seasons are saved or lost for the year. You also get the start of the regular season for Baseball as well as the NFL Draft. There's so much on TV you don't know what to watch.
Even after you get past all of that excitement you still get to watch Tiger Woods try to win another Masters. What a great month right?!

Now for October: 
 
October is also a grand month for the sports entertainment world. Opposite of April, you get the end of the regular season for Baseball and the start of the post season. Baseball's postseason is filled with emotion and excitement. Even if you're not a true baseball fan, most can enjoy it with the roars of the crowds and wild celebrations by teams after winning a series.
In addition to that, the NFL season is in weeks 4-8 or so and it starts to really shape up who will be the teams to beat for the remainder of the year. Football is responsible for stealing fans of other sports attention as it seems to be 'Americas Sport' these days with more and more people playing Fantasy football. Fantasy is a great way to become a fan of the game as a whole. Most fans only watch their respective teams, yet with Fantasy it gives you a reason to watch other teams to check on your players, thus making the game in it's entirety much more entertaining.
We follow that up with the start of the NBA and NHL seasons. Granted there's not too much that's exciting for some about the first 20 games in either sport, nonetheless people still will watch their teams and check the standings in the sports page every day, even if all of their focus is on football.


   If you compare the two months they're pretty much opposite, April brings the close of some seasons and starts others while October does the same thing. What better way to spend your weekends then rooting for your hometown team or the team you follow. As I said April is my favorite but below is a list of some key events in both months so I'll let you be the judge of which one you like better.

April:                                                   October:
-NCAA Final Four                       -End of Baseball regular season/ Playoffs begin
-the Masters                            -NFL gets into full swing
-start of Baseball                      - NBA season begins
-NBA Playoffs begin                   -NHL season begins.
-NHL Playoffs begin                   -College Football BCS picture starts to shape up  
-NFL Draft                                - End of PGA season

I may have left a few events out from each month, but you see there are many to choose from. You decide which one you enjoy the most, for me it's the month of April!

 

 

Category: General
Tags: NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, PGA
 
Posted on: May 29, 2009 5:12 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 5:26 pm
 

Why does Ken Berger hate Denver?

Nuggets coach George Karl complained about the officiating after game 5. So what? So you have to write two articles on how bad it is that they are complaining and that it will cost them the series. Really, get over it. Where was your article on Phil Jackson complaining after game 4? I didn't see it, is it because he has 9 championship rings and the glare off of them was blinding you enough so you couldn't see your computer screen?

The Nuggets are not costing themselves this series by complaining. Lets remember they have Chauncey Billups who has been here many times before, in fact 6 times. He is not going to let this team lose it's composure going into an elimination game. Second, Carmelo Anthony has never been this far and isn't about to let some emotions get in the way of accomplishing his goal. So what if the Nuggets are complaining and saying Phil Jackson bought this game. The Nuggets still lost it on their own and Karl even admitted it. Did you watch the game? I know you did. Do you really think that was a charge on Chauncey Billups? Do you really think Nene should've been called for his 6th foul on a block that was so unclear on if it was either offensive or defensive? I mean seriously, I started giving your writing respect again, guess I shouldn't have.

All you do is bash the Nuggets. After they won by 58 against the Hornets you blamed George Karl of running up the score saying that he should've put Sonny Weems and Stephen Hunter in the game who both were actually in street clothes and not even active. What is it about them that you don't like, the tattoos?? In this society if people still can't accept that tattoos are a huge part of our culture then you live in a box. Do you think because they're all battling back from some sort of problem whether it was a drug problem or maturity issues that they're not decent human beings?

I'm just curious and I hope you read this. You spent ALL year writing about Stephon Marbury, who gives a damn about him. Now you've spent the entire playoffs bashing the Nuggets at every chance you get. Sure you've paid some compliments but I'm sure that was just so you wouldn't have to hear from people like me. Whatever it is get over it. If the Nuggets win tonight I want you to publicly eat your words, if they lose, it wasn't because of your article or the fact they complained about the officiating. It was because the Lakers have Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and plenty of playoff experience to back it up. The Nuggets are the better TEAM in this series and have won 14 of 20 quarters in this series. Three of the six they didn't win ended up in a tie. Who's the better team? The Nuggets, what it comes down to is 4th quarter execution which the Lakers are much more experienced at accomplishing which is why they're winning this series. It's not because the Nuggets are thugs and complain about officiating.

I'll be at the game tonight, win or lose I'll know it wasn't due to complaining, will you? Obviously not, you'll write another story pronouncing you're a genius for saying the Nuggets lost this series because they brought up some conspiracy theory. I can't even think of a word to describe your writing, but it wouldn't be good, at least most of the time. I'll say you write some ok articles from time to time but you end up ruining it within a week for me. I'm done.

Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:35 pm
 

Nuggets/ Refs down but not out

So first off, this series is far from over. You remember the Nuggets basically beat themselves in games 1 and 3. Last night I'll admit the Lakers looked like the better team, in one quarter. It just happened to be the 4th quarter. Lets look at an interesting stat, going into game 5 the Nuggets had won 14 of 16 quarters in the series and it was still 2-2. Even after last night they've won 14 of 17 if you don't count the 1st, 2nd or 3rd in which they were tied. This series has been a great series between 2 incredibly balanced teams.

The Nuggets have the edge on the perimiter easy, the Lakers have the edge on the inside easy. It should make for a great game 6 which I'll be at!!!

Either way, the officiating has been horrendous for both teams. Not just the Nuggets as Ken Berger's article proclaims. I'm a Nuggets fan and yes we got the raw deal on MANY foul calls last night but I can also admit the Lakers had some questionable calls against them in game 4. It goes both ways, seems to always favor the home team. That's playoff basketball. My only complaint is that they need to be consistent with what is a foul and what is not. Like Phil Jackson said after game 4, they were getting knocked around with no calls in the first half but in the second half they were calling tic tac fouls all over. It's been like that in every game. They let them play early and then call the tic tac fouls in the 4th.

Even if they could reverse that I'd be more satisfied. The 4th quarter of a Western Conference final should be played rough and tough and the Refs should allow it. None of these oh Kobe got touched on his elbow 30 feet from the basket lets call a foul. They need to let them play in the 4th so the teams can settle it amongst themselves.
THE OFFICIATING DID NOT COST THE NUGGETS THE GAME LAST NIGHT (coming from an obvious Nuggets fan) But it certainly didn't help as was the case for the Lakers in game 4. In both instances where the coach complained about the fouls their teams respectively were outplayed. The officiating was horrible but in the last 2 games the team that deserved to win won. Any Arguments??

Back to game 6, which the Nuggets have to win to force game 7. Carmelo Anthony needs to have a good night both shooting and defensively. He knows they'll double and triple him so as long as his outlet passes are on point that should be a huge boost. Also has anybody noticed the GREAT offensive play from Linas Kleiza?? Why isn't he seeing more minutes George Karl?? You'd rather have Anthony Carter out there?? Carter is a good productive backup point guard but he's too prone to turnovers and is a liability on defense. I know that sounds weird to say because that's one of his biggest strengths but in this series he's been on Kobe Bryant mostly when he's in which is a HUGE mistake. Carter cannot keep up with Kobe, in fact he doesn't match up well in this series at all. Kleiza does because he has size and runs the floor very well for a forward. Give him more minutes. J.R. Smith has got to have a big game as well.

With my first point in this article about the Nuggets winning all but 3 quarters and tying in 3 others they have proven they can beat the Lakers. They are the better TEAM in this series. Lakers fans will hate me for saying that but it's the truth. If you take away Kobe and Carmelo the Nuggets win this series in 5 games. They've already shown they can beat the Lakers when 'Melo has an off night. They're more balanced and can run the floor better. They as a team just need to closeout better, if that happens as it did in games 2 and 4 the Nuggets have a good chance of taking this series in 7. It's going to be very tough, but it's still possible. All it takes is some key possessions in the fourth and confidence which these Nuggets have plenty of.
Posted on: April 21, 2009 12:45 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2009 12:50 pm
 

Denver gets no respect

 Have you ever noticed how when one of our stars (from Denver) on any major team we have in town, when they have a huge year and are in the award discussions, they always finish 2nd or within the top 5 but never win. Why doesn't denver sports get respect.

My thoughts started yesterday, when George Karl finished 5th in coach of the year voting. Maybe he shouldn't have won but come on, the guy took a team that even after the trade for Chauncey Billups was expected to finish no higher then 7th or 8th in the Western Conference. What does he do, leads them to the 2nd seed and ties the franchise record for wins with 54. Mike Brown won it, and I'm not saying he didn't deserve it, but everyone expected Cleveland to be good, not Denver.

Ok so Carmelo Anthony not winning rookie of the year is fine considering he came in with Wade and Lebron James. That's one I'll never be upset over. But lets go back to the 90's in Todd Helton's rookie year for the Rockies. He lost out to Kerry Wood because Kerry Wood had ONE great game with 20 strikeouts. Voters overlooked Todd Helton playing good day in and day out.

Our World Series year, Tulo gets robbed for rookie of the year, although Ryan Braun is a good player too. Matt Holliday lost out on the MVP to Jimmy Rollins, and what happened in the playoffs? who led what team past the other. I think it was a sweep too if I recall. So why no respect, sure we have an mvp here or there, Larry Walker, Terrell Davis (only had to get 2000 yards to get that honor)

It just seems as if the media craves near perfection from Denver to award our players. Carmelo Anthony is easily the least respected All Star in the NBA, and wait, he's not an all star according to the NBA fans and coaches. Bruce Bowen even got more fan votes then Carmelo. and he doesn't even start!! My guess is JR Smith won't win 6th man, he'll lose out to Jason Terry, who does come off the bench but plays more then the starters. Nene won't win most improved even though he came back from testicular cancer and hadn't played in more then 17 games in over 3 years. He played in 77 this year. And if the Nuggets win the title, or if the Broncos or Rockies make the playoffs this year, it will be considered a fluke much like the Rockies '07 campaign. So my only question is....

WHEN WILL THE RESPECT COME???

 

Posted on: January 29, 2009 12:55 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2009 1:18 pm
 

Chris Paul . . . . Dirty Player?

Is Chris Paul a Dirty Player??

Is that even a fair question to ask about the best PG in the NBA?

Last night I was observing the Nuggets-Hornets game. It was an amazing game until the fourth quarter when the Nuggets basically gave it away. It was fun to watch. It had all of the ingredients for a playoff match up. Great crowd, both teams playing with intensity and passion. This could end up being a second round match up in the playoffs if the Nuggets win the northwest and the Hornets win the southwest.

But on to my point for this article. Is Chris Paul dirty?? His talent is almost unmatchable at the point position, but does he get away with a lot of stuff. Yes. 

Every time I saw Paul drive to the rim and step back to take a jumper he would extend his forearm knocking the defensive player out of position giving him an open shot. On top of that, the ref only helped this by sometimes calling a foul on the defensive player with replay showing that there was no contact from the defensive side.

Then there's his post move, he'll post up and hook his arm around the backside of the defender to get around. Again almost never called against him but called against his defender instead. Is it his talent and the respect he has earned that keeps these from being called offensive fouls? Don't get me wrong, it's not always blatantly obvious that it's an offensive foul, but in that case shouldn't it just be a no call. It seems like the ref is unsure every time this happens so he gives the benefit of the doubt to Paul and calls it against the defender.

In last nights game, there was one play in particular where Paul was at the top of the circle, he got a pick set for him and Nene had to rotate over to cover him. Paul did his usual shaking and baking and extended his forearm to create space, a foul was called on Nene. The replay showed Nene with his hands straight up in the air and not once did he even lay a finger on CP3. Still the foul was given to Nene.

So I guess my real question is, do superstars get the benefit of calls because of their reputation? I see it that way and it shouldn't be that way. It makes it unfair to the role players who work hard and never get the benefit of the doubt.

This is not an attack on Chris Paul. I can agree he is the BEST PG in the NBA hands down. But does he get away with some calls here and there. Absolutely.

Posted on: January 2, 2009 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2009 6:40 pm
 

End of the Year Mid-Season NBA Awards

M.V.P - most valuable player

1. LeBron James - F Cleveland Cavaliers - He has been unstoppable this year. If you would've asked me at the beginning of the year if the Cavaliers would be fighting for the NBA's best record I would've laughed. Don't get me wrong I expected them to be in the top 3 in the East, but didn't think they'd be so close to the Celtics.

GP: 30 - MIN: 36.4 - FG% .509 - 3PT% .281 - FT%.777 - STL 2.0 - BLOCKS 1.1 - REB 6.7 - AST 6.4 - PPG 27.5

2. Dwight Howard - F Orlando Magic - I love this guy. He's been playing with such intensity and has improved every aspect of his game. I think that summer trip to Beijing might have helped the young mans confidence. After all, he is Superman.

GP:29 - MIN 36.5 - FG% .547 - 3PT % .000 - FT%.565 - STL 0.9 - BLOCKS 3.7 - REB 13.8 - AST 1.4 - PPG 19.8

3. Chauncey Billups - G Denver Nuggets - Yes there are plenty of players in the league who have better numbers then Chauncey, but how many of those guys can say and be right that without him the team would be nowhere. The Nuggets were 1-3 before Chauncey arrived, since then they've gone 20-9. In the preseason the Nuggets were picked to either be the 8th seed or miss the playoffs entirely, now they're looking for home court advantage in the first round. HUGE change.

GP: 30 - MIN 35.3 - FG% .420 - 3PT% .399 - FT% .886 - STL 1.4 - BLK 0.2 - RPG 2.4 - AST 6.9 - PPG 17.6

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. O.J. Mayo - Grizzlies - This guys has been great and succeeded my expectations so far this year. I was never sold on Mayo going into the draft, his stats at USC were impressive but I thought there were a lot more players that were just as impressive last year. This year, new story, he easily wins this in my book. Rose is a great player and just as he is to the Bulls, Mayo is the Grizzlies.

2. Derrick Rose - Bulls - Rose is having a great year and would've been rookie of the year for me last year. But this is this year, SO FAR. The Bulls would be nowhere without him, but in my opinion the Grizzlies wouldn't have more then 2 wins without Mayo. Bulls would be a little more competitive then the Grizzlies would without Rose.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

 1. Mike Brown - Cavaliers - As I mentioned in my case for Lebron for MVP, same goes for Brown. I didn't expect them to be as competitive as they are atop the east. Expected 55 wins, they're on pace for way more then that. Though the addition of Williams at PG is a lot of the reason for the fast start, Brown must also be givin credit for great game management and for not burning out Lebron after he played in Beijing this summer.

2. George Karl - Nuggets - This may seem wrong to most of you, but who thought the Nuggets would be in the top half of the Western Conference this year. Karl has finally gotten this team to commit to playing defense and with a bang. Nuggets are in the top 10 in both defensive and offensive efficiency ratings. Transition D is still a concern but it's getting better.

 

Well that's it kids for my '08 mid season awards. Left out most improved player and 6th man of the year as for now I think it's too close to call. See you for the real mid season after most teams hit the 41game mark. Happy New Year!

 

 
 
 
 
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