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Calipari Made The Right Decision…For Him

The Big Blue Nation breathed a sigh of relief last week as John Calipari inked an impressive new deal. The new deal will see that he is well compensated.  The deal, signed Thursday, is worth seven years, $52.5 million. The contract will pay 6.5 million in a base package next season with 8 million each of the final three seasons of the deal. To say without all of the numbers: Cal...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Golden State Warriors Season in Review

Well that was a fun ride huh? The Golden State Warriors took the deeper and more athletic Los Angeles Clippers to seven games in a wildly entertaining first round playoff series. The Warriors may have fell short of owner Joe Lacob’s lofty expectations, but that is no reason to label the season a failure. A 51-win season and back-to-back playoff berths were not commonplace a few...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The races in Spain and England heat up

May has begun which undoubtedly means the end of another glorious year of football. And to add to its glory, the football gods have allowed us to sit back and prepare ourselves for a wild finish in two of the biggest leagues in the world, Barclay’s Premier League and La Liga. In England, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all sit side-by-side with City and Liverpool at an 80...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Panic in Munich? Not so fast.

Sure, a 4-0 loss at home isn’t comforting. Nor was losing 5-0 on aggregate the best way for the defending champs to go out in the Champions League, but let’s be serious, there isn’t much to panic about if you’re Bayern Munich. Real Madrid came out in both legs of the semifinals with one thing in mind: win. Under new manager, Carlos Ancelotti, and the signing of Gareth Bale...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

National Championship Preview: Kentucky vs Connecticut.

Kentucky and Connecticut will square off tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to determine College Basketball’s National Champion. Connecticut is No.7 seed but they don’t play like your typical seven seed. Uconn wasn’t even supposed to be here but the huskies feed of off their gritty leader Head Coach, Kevin Ollie. Last season, Uconn was mediocre and fought through...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pellegrini makes a potentially massive mistake

A few months back in the group stages of the Champions League, Manchester City stepped out on to the pitch to face the every so threatening Bayern Munich and their super squad, that is made of two teams of 11-men, with the knowledge of a win could put them at the top of the group table. However, there was a mental mistake by manager Manuel Pellegrini that left media outlets tilting...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Losing Is Contagious For The 76ers

The last time I wrote on the Philadelphia 76ers was last week and they had lost 12 straight games. Having been away for a week, I see nothing has changed much since then as the losing streak has now extended to 16 straight games. Many fans are beginning to wonder if they are going to win a game before the Phillies kick off their 2014 season next month. The last four losses for the...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mid Round Receivers to keep an eye on in the upcoming NFL Draft

  We know about the 1st rd talents like like Marquise Lee (USC), Mike Evans (Texas A&M) and Sammy Watkins (Clemson). Here are some mid round talents you should look out for. 1) Jarvis Landry, LSU Landry has some of the best hands in this years upcoming NFL Draft. He makes difficult catches look routinely easy and has the toughness to play in the slot. He is a savvy route runner...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks Fans To Hold a Protest/Rally

Come on down! This was inevitable. A group of Knicks fans created a gathering on the steps of MSG for fans to protest and voice their opinions on the organization especially owner James Dolan. This isnt the first time the Garden has had a mob of angry fans at their door. The date of this rally is set for March 19th right before the Knicks play the Pacers. A Facebook page was created...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Bulgarian Cinderella’s

Not sure how many people can actually spot Bulgaria on a map, let alone believe they have a football team that can compete with some of Europe’s best. Those people better start believing because PFC Ludogorets Razgrad are making some noise; some Cinderella noise in the Europa League. After winning Group B without a single loss, Ludogorets headed into the Knockout Stage to face...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wichita State completes perfect season

Perfection. This term has not been used in college basketball since 2004, when two future NBA guards led Saint Joseph’s to an undefeated regular season. Many teams have tried, few have succeeded. Now the Wichita State Shockers join the elite club. They join the likes of the great UCLA teams coached by John Wooden, the company of the 1991 UNLV team that also won thirty straight...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

New Look, Same Results For 76ers

Despite being one of the most active teams at the trade deadline last Thursday, the story remains the same for the Philadelphia 76ers: they stink. They have now lost 12 straight games and only two of the players they acquired last week are still on the team. The Sixers bought out former All-Star Danny Granger’s contract, allowing him to go sign with a contender. Granger was less...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Milwaukee Bucks Week of Paradise

I’m gonna be honest here, last week was as exciting a week in Bucks basketball as there has been all year. We are now 10-45, we made some trades, played some competitive basketball, and in my opinion our young Bucks are starting to find their legs. Since February 1st, we have been 7-2 against the spread. Helping boost our record in Vegas to 22-33. Also this happened at the Bradley...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Things Kentucky Must Stress to Reach the Final Four

  This year’s edition of Cal’s Cats came into the 2013-14 season with lofty expectations. Despite having three returning players, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Jarrod Polson (I’m including Polson, but this depends on your definition of “significant”),  the Wildcats were preseason number one and believed to be capable of being the running the table. Unheard of...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Different Year Same Knicks

The 2013-2014 season was supposed to be special for the New York Knicks. The season began with owner James Dolan declaring that the Knicks were a championship team. At the time this statement did not seem totally far-fetched. The Knicks were coming off a fifty- four win season, an Atlantic division title, and their first playoff series win in over a decade. They were also able to...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wiggins Shoots Kansas Past Texas

It’s official. The Horns were hooked on Saturday. After an impressive victory over the Jayhawks in Austin, the Longhorns couldn’t get anything going in Allen Fieldhouse as they were routed by Kansas 85-54. After the teams traded buckets in the opening minutes, Kansas (21-6, 12-2 Big 12) went on a 43-10 run to end the first half. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid combined for 21...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmy Garoppolo’s Got Game.

Jimmy Garopplo is a 6’3 quarterback from Eastern Illinois University, and he can flat out ball. However, some questions have arisen due to the fact that he went to an FCS school. Although yes, somebody especially a quarterback should be judged by the competition they face in college, competition doesn’t tell the full story of a quarterback’s ability. In 2013-2014, Garoppolo...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks Buyout Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih

The Knicks are in the midst of buying out the contracts of forward Metta WorldPeace and guard Beno Udrih. Metta and Beno signed for the veteran minimum this summer to be contributors to the Knicks coming off their best season in a decade. The season has gone terribly wrong and these players have seen little to no playing time this year. Individually Beno helped when Raymond Felton...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Shumpert Stays a Knick, But Donnie Rules the Day

You know you root for a poorly run franchise when on the eve of the trade deadline part of you is happy to see one of the team’s better young players get hurt.  You are relieved because the injury will prevent said player from being foolishly traded away for nickels on the dollar.  That was the situation I found myself in Wednesday night as Iman Shumpert was helped off the court...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Recap: Bucks find way to move Gary Neal

The Bucks won their tenth game this week, and honestly, I thought that would be the high point. In a season that has featured not one win streak, but has rather been full of dreary defeat, I found it unlikely that we could compound such a dramatic victory with more positivity. Boy was I wrong. Gary Neal made a name for himself as he exploded for six three pointers and twenty-four...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Heat Handle Thunder as James Goes Down

Fresh out of All-Star weekend and a game in Dallas the Miami Heat faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in an anticipated matchup as Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup.  That anticipation quickly disappeared and Westbrook’s return was ruined as Miami jumped to a quick lead and never looked back defeating Oklahoma 103 to 81.  LeBron James left the game with about 6...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia 76ers Trade Deadline Recap

Take a very close look at the picture above. Unless fate has its say, you will probably never see these two gentlemen on the Philadelphia 76ers ever again. The trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon at 3:00, and with it came an absolute overhaul of the Sixers’ roster. The 76ers’ roster that you looked at when you woke up for work or school Thursday morning looks A LOT...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston College hands Syracuse first loss of the year

Before last nights match up at the Carrier Dome, ESPN showed the probability of winning for the games that undefeated Syracuse had left on their schedule, Boston College was given a 1% chance.  At the end of end of the first half it seemed like typical Boston College basketball, they are usually in the game at the half and then come out flat in the second half, but not on this night...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Hoop Nerd: Trade Deadline Interpretive Dance (no words)

Here goes: —————————————————————————————————————————– —————————————————————————————————————————- ———————————————————————————————————...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Double Digits

Excitement was conjured in the mostly empty Bradley Center on Tuesday, as the young Bucks managed to claw their way to victory. Led in smashing form by rookie Nate Wolters, the Bucks have finally reached the pinnacle as a team; registering the 10th win of the season, Milwaukee can now sport double-digit wins like the rest of the league. And boy does that feel good. Wolters, who has...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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