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Is Derrick Rose the next Penny Hardaway?

This feels all too familiar. Coming off of his second major knee surgery in as many seasons, Derrick  Rose is having trouble staying on the court yet again. Two ankle sprains and now a hamstring have kept Rose out of half of the Bulls’ first 10 games this season. The build up of minor injuries such as these is exactly what led up to Rose eventually tearing his ACL during the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Retaining Rondo: A Comprehensive Examination

The rumours never end. Ever. Rajon Rondo has been the point guard of the Boston Celtics since 2006, and has repeatedly attracted trade speculation over the bulk of his career. And yet, here he is, a rarity in the league as a player who has remained with the same team since his rookie year, eight years on. Then you realise why the rumours have been around for so long. To put it simply...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Picks: Week 11 (2014-15)

Surrounded by a lack of offensive starpower, Andrew Luck is showing why he deserves the MVP. I’m gonna cut right to the chase and tell you which games you need to see this weekend. First, in the 1:00 slot, Cincy travels to New Orleans to try to rebound after an embarrassing performance last Thursday. Both teams are having trouble lately, so why watch? Because they are right in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Election Is Over, but It’s Time For a Change

Going into this game, I wrote about LSU’s potential for next season. I still believe we will have one of the most talented and capable (to use a Les-ism) teams out there. At this point, why not start Brandon Harris? However, Anthony Jennings’ time as the starting quarterback needs to end, and it needs to end now. I was in favor of him starting this game, but when you...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Runs Deep #3 – John Karalis – Red’s Army

This third edition of ‘Green Runs Deep’ is an extremely exciting edition for me. Back in March of 2011, when I created my very first Twitter account, I immediately searched “Boston Celtics”, as a means to begin my journey of not only conversing with like-minded Celtics fans, but also to learn from, and be educated by those in the know. One of the very first names I came...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Damn Strong Football Team: Arkansas and Beyond

Whether it’s our fault, Alabama’s fault, or the referees’ fault we got there, I know we have to pick ourselves up off the mat and get ready for the next game. The “Golden Boot” is prepared for its (hopefully brief) trip to Arkansas. Arkansas nearly caught us looking ahead to the time off last year (bowl game rather than bye week, but still). There have been many instances...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack) It seems absurd for the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons and 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers to be in the thick of race for the NFC South, but that’s the case as the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 4-6 record. And if the Saints lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, it will be either the Falcons...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout wins 2014 AL MVP award

Angels’ OF Mike Trout, was named the 2o14 American League’s Most Valuable Player Award winner on Thursday.  Trout got all 30 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP in Major League history.“It’s unbelievable, just to think about it,” Trout told MLB Network in an interview via satellite. “If you would’ve...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Calling The Shots: Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar

Bellator MMA, under the leadership of Scott Coker, will hold its biggest event to date on Saturday night when Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar clash at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. This is a fight that should have happened in the UFC, however, the stars never aligned for a plethora of reasons. Both fighters have been vocal about their disdain towards one another...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

More LSU-Alabama Comments & Reaction to CFP Week 3

I didn’t get a blog off at the end of last week, but I think I’ll have no problem getting off another before Saturday. If for some reason I don’t, here is the link to the Arkansas series blog. Like LSU-Alabama in recent years, it has been a consistently close game, but the differences are (1) this has been a trend over a longer time period of time and (2) Arkansas can be...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Mike Napoli

Source 2011: 113 games, .320 BA, .414 OBP, .631 SLG, 30 HR, 75 RBI2012 projection: 131 games, .271 BA, .364 OBP, .537 SLG, 31 HR, 83 RBI2012: 108 games, .227 BA, .343 OBP, .469 SLG, 24 HR, 56 RBI2013 projection: 127 games, .248 BA, .350 OBP, .498 SLG, 29 HR, 75 RBI2013: 139 games, .259 BA, .360 OBP, .482 SLG, 23 HR, 92 RBI2014 projection: 137 games, .246 BA, .348 OBP, .471...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

AFC North: Cannibalization inevitable?

Cleveland leads the AFC North but still has key division games ahead. Can they navigate their schedule en route to an AFC North Championship? In case you haven’t noticed, the AFC North is the best division in football. Didn’t see that one coming. Not only does every team have a winning record, but each team sits at least two games above .500.  As it stands now, the Cleveland...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Time to Cut-ler our Losses

Sunday night, families ate dinner together. Fathers helped their children with their homework. Husbands spent quality time with their wives. And all thanks to the Chicago Bears, the number one cause for Sunday family togetherness all around Chicago and across the country! Thanks Bears, for being too painful to watch and bringing men and women together with their loved ones each...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Xander Bogaerts

Source 2013: 18 games, .250 BA, .320 OBP, .364 SLG, 1 HR, 5 RBI2014 projection: 156 games, .283 BA, .357 OBP, .450 SLG, 19 HR, 84 RBI2014: 144 games, .240 BA, .297 OBP, .362 SLG, 12 HR, 46 RBI2015 projection: 156 games, .264 BA, .328 OBP, .407 SLG, 16 HR, 66 RBIXander Bogaerts didn’t quite live up to his 2014 projections, but it was well within the margin of error, and well...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons snap losing streak, defeat Bucs 27-17

The Falcons are still in contention for the NFC South crown. (Brian Blanco) The Atlanta Falcons hadn’t won a game on the road since defeating the Buffalo Bills back in Week 13 of last season. They also hadn’t won a game since Week 3 against the same team they defeated on Sunday – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the game didn’t resemble the 56-14 shellacking in the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Runs Deep #2 – Olivia K

Green Runs Deep #2 – Olivia K In our second part of ‘Green Runs Deep’, we feature Olivia, yet another die-hard Boston Celtics fan, and Paul “The Truth” Pierce fanatic. We at Celtics Down Under are once again deeply honoured to have such a lovely and dedicated Celtics fan sharing their story with us. -AusCelticsFan Green Runs Deep #2 – Olivia K! Please tell us a little...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels avoid arbitration with Vinnie Pestano

The Angels avoided arbitration with one of their 10 eligible players, by agreeing on a one-year, $1.15 million contract with Vinnie Pestano.Pestano, 29, is a product of Anaheim Canyon High and Cal State Fullerton. He gave up one run in 9 2/3 innings with the Angels last year.Over five major league seasons, all with the Cleveland Indians before the trade, Pestano has a career 2...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 11 College Football Rankings 2014

Pac-12 teams are moving up, in part due to Arizona St.’s win over Notre Dame. Just like last week, there are no newly-ranked teams for the season, so there are no team logos. There are 39 teams total that got at least some level of “Mock BCS” points, so you can follow the link below to find them all. My Top 25 My Rank/ ‎ Mock BCS” target=”_blank”>BCS/team/prev...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pac-12 teams are moving up, in part due to Arizona St.’s win over Notre Dame. Just like last week, there are no newly-ranked teams for the season, so there are no team logos. There are 39 teams total that got at least some level of “Mock BCS” points, so you can follow the link below to find them all. My Top 25 My Rank/ ‎ Mock BCS” target=”_blank”>BCS/team/prev...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Bill James Projections: Will Middlebrooks

Source 2012: 75 games, .288 BA, .325 OBP, .509 SLG, 15 HR, 54 RBI 2013 projection: 153 games, .277 BA, .316 OBP, .490 SLG, 29 HR, 99 RBI 2013: 94 games, .227 BA, .271 OBP, .425 SLG, 17 HR, 49 RBI 2014 projection: 145 games, .266 BA, .310 OBP, .490 SLG, 32 HR, 102 RBI 2014: 63 games, .191 BA, .256 OBP, .265 SLG, 2 HR, 19 RBI 2015 projection: 127 games, .244 BA, .292 OBP, .418...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Stuff Live – 9th November – Reds Army v Gary Tanguay

Whilst we didn’t get 12 rounds of brutal jabs, pummelling and uppercuts that most expected, listeners were treated to, and somewhat surprised by, a respectful and quite civil exchange of opinions between John Karalis of RedsArmy.com, and Gary Tanguay of CSNNE. It’s no secret that Tanguay is NOT Rajon Rondo’s biggest admirer, and John Karalis, the fair and balanced opinionist...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

LSU/Alabama reaction

This is what I said/retweeted on twitter during and after the game. I apologize in advance for not using the customary neutral tone I try to pursue, but I just can’t right now. I think this is worse than the Auburn game in 2006, which had been the worst-officiated game I’d seen. Granted, I don’t always watch every play of games involving other teams. I’ve seen huge...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics rally without Rondo, Smart & beat Bulls to improve to 3-3.

In the 6th game of this early Celtics season, trying to get to .500 at 3-3, Boston would travel to Chicago without their starting Point Guard (Rajon Rondo) & backup Point Guard (Marcus Smart) leaving Evan Turner to handle the PG duties. After a sluggish start to the game from both sides, new starting PG, Evan Turner got Boston on the board first. The Celtics would build a 12...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Injury Updates November 8, 2014

Celtics.com | @Celtics November 8, 2014 BOSTON – “The Boston Celtics announced today that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo underwent a successful procedure to remove the screws from his surgically repaired left hand. The surgery was performed by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Dr. Hervey Kimball at New England Baptist Hospital this morning. He is out for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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