Saturday, February 28, 2015

Professional Tailgating: Tanking

I've never watched tanking live before bit last night I did as the Sixers took on the Wizards. Too bad th sixers forgot they are supposed to be tanking and beat the Wizards. 

I actually saw the Sixers win. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

This is sums up being a fan perfectly

Today the New York Times did a great profile on Borussia Dortmund difficult season in Germany. In the story a season ticket holder summed up being a fan perfectly.

“It is like my girlfriend,” said Jan-Henrik Gruszecki, a longtime season-ticket holder. “I have a big fight with her; I am disappointed with her; I am gutted by her. But then, always, I realize that I love her and I want to be with her and I can’t imagine anything else.”

No words have been truer about being a fan,  no matter what the sport. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

That was a rough watch

I knew WWE Fast Lane could be a hard watch but I never thought it would be this bad. 

The event being sold as a PPV was no better than an episode of Raw/ old WCW Clash of the Champions. Besides tag title match and Reigns/Bryan match most of the matches on the first two hours of the card lacked a ton. These type of shows usually have the crowd into them but the crowd in Memphis was totally dead. 

The best part of the show has been the spots that weren't matches. The Sting/HHH showdown and the Bray Wyatt segment challenging the Undertaker where the best parts of the show. Each developed a WrestleMania match without having it yet. 

As for the final stop before WrestleMania it was more like a rest stop for broken down vehicles. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

The mad scientist

So Sixers GM Sam Hinkie decided to deal Michael Carter Williams on trade deadline day. While it will take years to know if the deal was right, it did provide us all with something special. The Philadelphia Daily News gave us this classic front page. The graphics design team at the Daily News deserves a ton of credit. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The most important class ever

Since the start of the season, the 2015 Rutgers recruiting class has seen like a salad before a dinner at a fancy restaurant. While the salad is tasty it's not the main course you are looking for.

While the 2015 group is an interesting class it's not the main course. The 2016 class is the most important class in the history of the program plain and simple. The state is overflowing with national recruits and Rutgers has to get a bunch of them to be successful in the Big Ten. 

Fans are so obsessed with the Class of 2016 that web sites have been developed urging the states most talented players to play on the banks. Fans of taken to Twitter and created works of social media art  to urge the states best to stay home. 

The Rivals 250 for the 2016 class features 10 players from the Garden State. The top 10 players in the state have 4-star rankings. The states top 10 is comprised of five guys from private school and five from public schools. 

While fans are infatuated with the likes of Walker and Gray, the key to this class for the Scarlet Knights will be that next tier guy like: Johnson, Hawkins and Fuller (pictured below). 

If Rutgers can get five of the top ten in the state as well as either Guarantano or Haskins to play qb. This class would be a huge success and go down as one of the great classes in the history of the program. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Professional Tailgating: You have to make shots.

Purdue took Rutgers to the cleaners last night and one of the reasons why is because Rutgers went 11 minutes without making a field goal. Even Sgt. Slaughter showed up at the game. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Maybe I was wrong on Owens and Zayn

Last night, I made NXT Takeover on the WWE Network appointment television. I told my wife to leave me alone so I could  focus all of my attention on watching how Owens and Zayn played out.

A couple of months ago, I expressed my concern about having Owens and Zayn feud again. During their time in ROH and PWG the duo put on one of the great feuds in the modern day era. The feud had everything from blood, over the top violence and psychological warfare. I never thought the WWE would let them take it to that level.

Last night, the pair had their first match in the new incarnation  of their fued and boy did they not disappoint. While lacking the over the top violence that their prior matches had, this told a great story and left both looking good for the future. They booked Owens as this monster similar to Brock and Zayn in a more sympathetic role similar to Daniel Bryan.

While the pair didn't take it to that level of violence,they did play out a high impact match. Zayn sold Owens multiple power bombs so well and the having the ref stop the match makes both look strong in future bookings of the match. Maybe they could let Owens and Zayn kick off WrestleMania this year in a ladder match.

After the match was over, I decided to put on Final Battle 2012 Ladder War match between Owens and Zayn. While it was very violent and entertaining it got me to thinking. The guys in the ring, while being the same, where totally different. The true measure of the true talents of the pair is how they made the same feud look totally different.

Maybe I was wrong about this and Zayn vs. Owens will rival Steen vs. El Generico.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I know ESPN does the best they can but can you at least get the right logo for Loyola Marymount and not confuse them with Loyola in Baltimore. Is that too much to ask.