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Think Twice Before Attempting to Rob Serena Williams





If you were a fan and just loved Serena Williams you are sure to consider her you SUPERHERO now. We want spoil it for you check out the story below and see for yourself what she had to say....





Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me. I was sitting enjoying some Chinese food (delicious may I add) and this guy stands next to me. It was only 2 of us sitting at a 4 person table just chatting like we have not seen each other in years. Anyways I digress, so this guy is standing next to me and something (I have now dubbed it my SUPERHERO sense) told me to watch him. My phone was sitting in the chair but I just didn't feel right. He was there too long. "Is he a customer?" I thought "Is he waiting on the bathroom?" nonetheless I tried to shake his this eerie feeling. However, I kept watching him from the corner of my eye. Than when least expected low and behold this common petty thief grabbed my phone and swiftly left. I looked at the chair, than shouted "Omg that dude took my phone!!" Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo) I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down. He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash! In the most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice I could muster I kindly asked him if he "accidentally" took the wrong phone. He stumbled on his words probably not expecting this to happen. While he was thinking of the right thing to say and eventually he said "Gosh you know what I did! It was so confusing in there. I must have grabbed the wrong phone." Meanwhile My phone was ringing, my superhero sidekick quailman was face timing me so he could not possibly deny the allegations. I swiftly thanked him and left. Superhero? Maybe? Or HELL YEA!! I've got the speed the jumps, the power, the body, the seduction, the sex appeal, the strength, the leadership and yet the calm to weather the storm. Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Always keep your things close! Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero! When I got back into the restaurant I received a standing ovation. I was proud. I just showed every man in there I can stand up to bully's and other men. It was a win for the ladies! Just because you are a... facebook.com/SerenaWilliams/posts/10153788450706834:0
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Michael Vick inks one-year deal with Pittsburgh Steelers






On Tuesday night the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they have signed Michael Vick to a one-year deal. According to Ian Rapoport the deal is worth league minimum.

Vicks only spent one day with the team before being signed. He has spent his career beginning with the Falcons and then Eagles and spent last season with the Jets playing behind Geno Smith

"There's not a throw on the field he can't make from a arm strength stand-point, he's a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Cam Newton has been released from hospital after car crash

 
 
Cam Newton has headed home after the wreck he was involved in that caused his truck to flip. Newton was released and is home now resting up and recouping with family. As it looks according to the police reports Newton is not at fault.

According to witnesses a driver pulled out in front of Newton as he headed to Panthers facilities. The driver stuck Cams rear driver side tire. Newton says he tried to avoid the collision but was not successful resulting in the overturning of his vehicle.According to police he wasn't speeding at the time of the wreck.

The Panthers have put out a statement on Tuesday, stating that Cam Newton will be sidelined for this Sundays game. He suffered two fractures in his back as a result of the crash.

Newton recently posted a pic of his truck on Facebook and here is what he had to say... 
 
 
 
 
 "I do not know where to begin because by the look of that picture so ME one is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now! While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has there protective hands on my life shielding me from any danger that may come my way! I know one thing, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF "IF" you are holding a grudge against someone, "IF" you don't tell the people that's close and dear to you that "YOU LOVE THEM" every chance you get, "IF" your mad because something didn't go your way today! L1FE IS TO SHORT FOR YOU NOT TO APPRECIATE IT TO THE FULLNESS; THROUGH THE GOOD AND THE BAD! I thank you to the people who have been keeping me in there prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery! I am appreciative for the many great things GOD has given me to be thankful for. It's a old cliché statement but it says "GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!" And as that crash constantly plays back in my mind every time I close my eyes, I can't go another day without me THANKING GOD for the opportunities he has given me in my life and this accident puts ALOT of things in perspective of what's important and what's not! SHAMEonYOU if YOU go another second in life with holding a grudge or HATING on someone, taking life for granted, or just not appreciating the breath you just breathed; trust and believe there are plenty people with illnesses, people in the hospital, or even people that are 6ft under the earth that W1SH they had "another"opportunity to do so! So if you read this I challenge you to L1VE life to the fullness everyday! 1OVE the people who are close to you (and don't be afraid to tell them as well)! FORG1VE "whoever" for "whatever" they did! Trust when I tell you that L1FE is to short for you NOT to do those things! ‪#‎THANKyouJESUSforALLOWINGmeTOseeANOTHERday‬"
L1VE-1OVE-FORG1VE=HAPP1NESS

 The injuries that Newton incurred are not the type that affect you nerves, so with that being said we are praying for your well being and speedy recovery..
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BCS: The Last Supper






The stage is set for this season’s BCS bowl games. This will hopefully be the last year of snubbing and BCS controversy, as the NCAA heads to its first playoff system next year. Although there was less controversy compared to recent years, I’m sure a few teams feel just a bit slighted they didn’t punch their BCS ticket. However this year features a clearer and decisive #1 and 2 then we’ve seen in years past. The so called runner-up bowls feature some usual suspects and a couple unlikely survivors, nonetheless some marquee matchups indeed.
 
  Leading the best team in the nation to the promise land is the undisputed best player in the nation, Jameis Winston. Winston, a freshman, was named the Heisman trophy winner and the youngest to do so. He shattered the numbers of last year’s freshman Heisman winner, Johnny Manzell, on the way to the crown. Jameis and the Noles will meet Heisman runner-up Tre Mason and Auburn Tigers for the BCS title in Pasadena. Mason like Winston, has anchored his team and been their go to guy all year on his way to becoming a Heisman finalist. Auburn is a gritty, well coached bunch with a never give up attitude. It will be interesting to see how that stacks up against a Seminole team with explosive speed and power on both sides of the ball. Jameis promised he and the Noles were bringing the swag back to FSU football, let’s see if he can add a trophy to the along with the swag.

   Squaring off in the city every young man loves to play in, Miami, Clemson versus Ohio State. Both these teams were knocking on the door of a BCS title bid at one point this season, now they face off in the Orange Bowl, not a bad consolation prize. Clemson led by their veteran QB Taj Boyd, would love to send Taj to the NFL with a nice piece of hardware. Veteran is not usually a word you use to describe a college quarterback, but it definitely fits the bill and Boyd’s credentials over the last four years. In just two years Ohio State’s QB Braxton Miller, has worked himself to a pretty impressive resume as well. Had it not been for a bowl ban last year and last game bump in the road this year, Miller could very well have been playing for 2 National Championships. Urban Meyer is not one for “shoulda’, woulda’, couldas’” so I’m sure he intends to make good on his first bowl appearance as a Buckeye head coach.
 
  Right next door in New Orleans isn’t exactly where Nick Saban thought he’d be this bowl season, but here he is. Saban and the Tide take on Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. Weeks ago in the Iron Bowl the crimson tides BCS title hopes were crushed when Auburn’s Chris Davis returned “the field goal from hell” over a 100 yards for a touchdown and the win. For that reason Auburn plays for the title and Bama gets Oklahoma, and how lucky are we for this matchup. 2 coaching wizards and undoubtedly hall famers Nick Saban and Bob Stoops will put their Jedi coaching tricks to the test. Stoops hasn’t had the quality program we’ve been accustomed to seeing but this year he and the Sooners found a way in the Orange Bowl. Saban is just a wee-bit disappointed about where his team sits but that’s all the more reason he will prepare the Tide to destroy the Sooners to prove that Bama’s lost was a fluke and that they deserve to be in Pasadena.
 
  Playing in Arizona this year for the Fiesta Bowl are 2 teams who aren’t regulars to the BCS scene, but both Baylor and UCF fought like hell to get here. The Baylor Bears have been one of the highest scoring offenses this season, scoring 60 or more on 7 of their victories. They’ve nearly ran through almost all division foes including Texas Tech, Oklahoma, TCU, and the Longhorns. The Knights haven’t been slouches at all in their division either, winning the American Athletic Conference out right with their lone lost coming at the hands of South Carolina by a field goal in Orlando. After that lost the Knights ran the gauntlet on the rest of the schedule which included knocking off Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater from Heisman contention. This has been best season ever in the long coaching career of Coach O’leary and Central Florida as well; the icing on the cake would be this BCS victory.
 
  The first showdown in Pasadena before the title game will be Michigan State and Stanford. Stanford was another university that once was knocking on the door of a possible BCS title opportunity. They were able to upset the Ducks but slips ups to Utah and USC proved to be costly, however a Rose bowl invite is a hell of a consolation prize for the PAC-12 Champs. At the beginning of the season nobody saw the Spartans sitting in the Rose bowl picture but with just 1 loss, and defeating rivalry foes Michigan and Ohio State at seasons end, certainly warrant their appearance in the Pasadena shrine.





Functuay’s BOWL PREDICTIONS

  • Florida State over Auburn
  • Clemson over Ohio State
  • Alabama over Oklahoma
  • UCF over Baylor
  • Michigan State over Stanford
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Brooklyn Nets: Identity Crisis

 
 
 
 
 
 
After publicly criticizing Ray Allen and calling for his head on a stick after his so called betrayal, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett defected from Boston this past offseason. The duo captured one championship ring after spending six seasons together before joining an unlikely foe in the name of the Brooklyn Nets. A trade that included guard, Jason Terry and shipped out Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and a few draft picks. Since their accommodation, there has been a lot of hype and expectations especially with the tandem joining an already impressive bunch of all-stars like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and premier center Brook Lopez. So far the only impressive thing coming out of Brooklyn has been the trash talk fueled by both Pierce and Garnett. The two re-lit a rivalry with Miami and gained a new one once Pierce let it be known there is hatred for the Knicks and that the Nets will be the best team in New York. Across the bridge, reigning 6th man of the year J.R Smith entertained the talk by Pierce with a few choice words of his own a nice way of saying “bring it on”. Smith and guard Raymond Felton says the Knicks welcome the beef and think the competition will be good for the state of New York but with all the talk the neither team has lived up to the drama, especially a Nets team who has initiated several angles of hype this offseason.

On paper the move by the Nets adds depth but more importantly toughness to a talented team just missing a few pieces to contend for a title. The paper theory has clearly not panned out on the court. The new guys on the block have looked old and sluggish and have done what seems like more resting than playing. Pierce and Garnett’s struggles have hit rock bottom as of late, together they recently posted the worse outing they’ve ever had as teammates with just a total of 3 field goals made and a host of misses. Compiled with the lack of production from those two, insult to injury was added when center Brook Lopez went out for the season with a broken foot. Just a quarter of the way through the season and the Nets are really in pits of the standings. A team who was thought to be a challenge for Miami and Indiana in the playoffs is 9-18 and would currently miss the playoffs all together. Luckily this has also been a horrible season for the rest of the Atlantic division. Leading the division and 4 games under .500 is the Raptors at 11-15 and joining the Nets at the bottom of the list is that other team in New York; the Knicks who are currently tied at 9-18. Maybe in the offseason what Pierce meant to say in his trash talk was we’ll see who exactly the worst team in New York is because both are clearly D-League material at the moment.
 
Just how bad of a move was this acquisition by the Nets this offseason? Everybody praised the efforts of general manager Billy King, but it’s obvious the move was motivated with the “win now, worry later” mind set. Prior to this season there was a clear decline in both Pierce and Garnett’s numbers but more importantly the playing time and quality minute production. 37year old KG hasn’t played a full season since his stint as a young wolf in Minnesota and this season features more resting, fewer minutes and only a 6 point, 7 rebound average. Pierce has been bit more valuable averaging 12 points, 5 rebounds but like Garnett the 36year olds numbers have taking a hit in several categories. Coming over we all knew the former Celtics would average less especially being worked into an offense that revolves around Lopez, Johnson and filtrated by Williams.
 
Since finally coming to Brooklyn, the Nets collectively have had a series of identity crisis on their hands and this season is no different. 4 seasons ago I could say without a doubt Deron Williams beat out Chris Paul as the top point guard in the NBA, but since then inconsistency along with injury has plagued he and the Nets. His questionable leadership and inability to carry the Nets in the important moments has certainly contributed to the lack of success in Brooklyn. Sharing the blame as well has been the overpaid Joe Johnson. After the Hawks gave Johnson an ungodly $120 million contract , the Nets soon traded for the all-star but since acquiring him they’ve gotten anything but their money’s worth. Until the Lakers tacked on to Kobe’s contract, Johnson was the highest paid player in the NBA but only averaging less than 17 a game. A 17 point average in this league is not bad but Johnson is set to make over $20 mil for the next 3 years and $25 mil in the last year. Those amounts are usually parallel with the player’s performance and usually warrant a scoring title, MVP, or at least 25 point a game production. Johnson isn’t even leading his team in anything, let alone the NBA and just like Williams he has pulled some disappearing acts at pivotal times in the last few seasons. Maybe the Nets can do some contract restructuring that extracts money from both Williams and Johnson and adds to Brook Lopez’s contract. Before going out with the foot injury, Lopez has been the most consistent Net since they moved to Brooklyn.
   
 
 If the playoffs started today or even soon the Nets would certainly be on the outside looking in. Had the offseason acquisition worked out like everyone raved about, realistically the Nets would still only be the 3rd best team in the eastern conference possibly 4th. With their current standing making up ground is definitely possible in that lack luster division but for a legitimate chance in the playoffs changes will have to be made. First step in fixing the identity crisis will be for point guard Deron Williams to solidify himself as not only the leader but that this Nets team is his. Joe Johnson has to reinsert himself among the elite players in the NBA and get those averages up. With the loss of Brook Lopez, center Andray Blatche and forward Reggie Evans will need to work more at becoming formidable presences in the post. If I’m GM Billy King, I’d closely monitor the production of veterans Pierce and Garnett, they will need to contribute more quality minutes but both contributions start with their health.. King’s loyalty to Pierce and Garnett maybe put to the test around the trade deadline if the Nets are fighting for a playoff spot and King may very well be fighting for his job. There’s 50+ games left to find out exactly who the Nets are, but right now they’re jerseys might as well be nameless.
 
 
 
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NFL: 1st Quarter Recap

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Five games into this season we’ve learned a lot from many teams, surprised by some and we’re ready to write off a few others. An end to week 5 finds 3 teams sitting atop the standings unbeaten and on the short end of the stick, 3 teams yet to see the win column. Some divisions are split evenly all under 500, still with an opportunity to win out, while some divisions feature just one runaway team and the rest almost assuredly missing the playoffs already.

Power Rankings


After an old western shootout with Tony Romo and the Cowboys, Peyton Manning and the undefeated Broncos are 5-0 and still the #1 team in the power rankings, surprise-surprise. Manning, who’s set all kind of passer records so far this season, threw for 5 TD’S and over 400 yards in a 51-48 victory, which ended as the 2nd highest scoring game in regulation. Although anything can happen on any given Sunday, the Broncos are staring 6-0 in the face after hosting the Jags next Sunday. Their undefeated streak could soon be put to the test when they square off against division foe Kansas City who also is undefeated but playing better defense. Regardless of what the record will be heading into the playoffs, Denver is stem rolling their way in, but can they sustain it all the way to a Superbowl?

With a new defensive coordinator and their head coach back on the sidelines, the Saints are back to terrorizing the NFL. Since Sean Peyton resumed leadership, the Saints offense has looked nothing short of phenomenal. Brees is averaging 350+ yards and 2TD’S a game and baffling secondary’s every Sunday. His favorite target, Jimmy Graham is statistically the best tight end in the league, averaging least 8 catches, 120 yards, and 1 touchdown a game. The 3 headed monster in the back field, Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, and Darren Sproles are running through defenses with Sproles leading the way. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan has turned the worse defense in NFL history into a stifling bunch, smothering offenses each week. With such a prolific offense and a new well discipline D, the Saints are no question the team to beat in the NFC.

Although Andy Reid and the Chiefs are 3rd in the rankings, they could make a strong case for the best team in the NFL. After getting down late Sunday against Tennessee, the Chiefs turned to offseason acquisition Alex Smith and all-purpose back Jamal Charles, together, both helped the Chiefs secure a lead and they never looked back, staying undefeated. Charles might be the most valuable player for his team through five games, averaging 80 yards rushing and 50 receiving, with at least 1 touchdown in each game. Statistically the Chiefs have the best defense in the league, holding all opponents to 17 points or less this season. Chiefs have rebounded tremendously from a 2-14 season, to 5-0 and on a collision course with division mate Denver who also sits undefeated.

Picking up where he left off last season, Andrew Luck looks posed like a veteran pro-bowler. Luck isn’t averaging over 350 yards and 3 TD’s a game like Manning and Brees, but the way he’s managing the game and making sound decisions at critical times have the Colts sitting at 4-1. He’s making all his weapons look like studs and he recently acquired a new one. Coming over from Cleveland for basically nothing in return is Trent Richardson. Richardson will pick up where Bradshaw left off and carry the load along with Donald Brown. Indy’s Defense with the exception of 2 games has held opponents to 17 or less and is 6th overall against the pass. At this pace a lot of teams should fear this Colts team as we creep closer to playoff time.

Despite an unlucky loss to the Colts, the Seahawks are still 5th in the power rankings. Andrew Luck pulled off his 9th career 4th quarter comeback and was able to knock off the unblemished Seahawks. Even in this loss to the Colts, Russell Wilson looked sharp, finishing with 200 yards through the air, 100 on the ground and 2 touchdowns. The weapons are still firing on all cylinders, and just think how strong this team will be once Percy Harvin returns. A talented speedy offense and the best defensive backs in the leagues makes the Seahawks a balanced team to be reckoned with throughout the rest of the season.
Bottom of the barrel

For the 5th consecutive week, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the NFL’s worst team. The Jags new uniforms are about the only thing looking good in Jacksonville these days and after week 5’s injuries to Rookie Luke Joeckel, and wideout Justin Blackmon, it’s going to get worst before better. Adding insult to injury, the Jags face Peyton Manning and Denver in week 6. The Broncos are rolling like an unstoppable tank right now, destroying defenses at will. The 48 points the Broncos defense allowed to Dallas is the only flaw Jacksonville can use to find hope in winning this matchup. A little more momentum the Jaguars can use against this scoring machine, the Jags did score a season high of 20 this Sunday against St. Louis. I don’t think anyone expected a stellar season from the Jags right of the bat, not even their new head coach. In Guy Bradley’s first season he’s had some uncharacteristic scenarios but hopefully he starts to add a few W’s in the win column or his first season could be his last. 

Tom Coughlin is no stranger to the hot seat in New York. The Giants head coach has had his share of dismal spells but managed to bounce back hard each time, including a pair of Superbowl victories.. So far this season Eli Manning has had nightmares of defensive lineman and interceptions. With an inexperienced offensive line and almost zero help from the run game, Eli has to play nearly perfect to have a productive Sunday outing. Giants reacquired running back Brandon Jacobs to open things up for speedy back David Wilson but the two compiled with the o-line have not been in sync. Where they lack in offense they usually make up on the defensive end but not his year. With veteran Osi Umeniyora gone, the line is faltering and the ship has been swaying. The good news is with the rest of the NFC East under 500, the Giants still have a shot at the playoffs if they start to win immediately. Digging Coughlin out of a hole is one thing this Giants team has done for years, but is this one escapable we’ll soon find out.

If you’re franchise makes an addition like cornerback Darelle Revis to your defense to go along with a maturing offense, you definitely have a season to look forward to. Well since Revis Island came on board, the Bucs have yet to win a game. Revis for the most part has done his part holding premier wide receivers to minimal games but hey let’s face it he can’t be everywhere nor can he play offense, which is where the real struggle lies. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano had high hopes for QB Josh Freeman but that ship has sailed. With Freeman landing in Minnesota now, QB Mike Glennon has control of the offense, and it’s going to take the maturity of Glennon along with the strategic use of running back Doug Martin to turn around this season for the Buccaneers. 

If someone were to say the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to be winless after 4 games, I’m sure anyone would place bet against those odds. Winless and hurt would be a more appropriate statement. An ailing Steelers team has injuries across the offensive line as well as their defense. With several veterans out for the season, the pressure solely rest on the shoulders of safety Troy Polamalu and big Ben Roethlisberger. Bens most impressive game was a 4th quarter comeback that ended in an empty handed goaline opportunity in London against Minnesota. Nothing is working at all for Pittsburgh this season and despite the losses coming due to lack of personnel, big changes could be in store this offseason for this Steeler team. 



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Land of the Un-Beaten



 

The college gridiron season is upon us once again, and as expected we’re on our way to another controversial postseason. In this finale of the "pre-playoff BCS era", we could very well see a handful of unbeaten teams come bowl time.  Some schools have challenged themselves in the scheduling this year while others either have a walk in the park, controlling their own fate. Many teams will be on the cusp of a title shot but with a host of the elite schools with weak schedules this season, some unbeaten will be on the outside looking in.

Leading the way as the undisputed pre-season #1 is Alabama. Nick Saban's Tide has been by far the most dominant team in college football the last few years. Despite a slip up to Johnny Football, and the Aggies last year, Bama regained poise and tackled a second straight National Championship, 3rd in the last 4 years. Even with the usual suspects in the SEC atop the rankings, Bama's only true test may come at the end of the season in the SEC Championship game where they could be on a collision course with preseason #5 Georgia. The Bulldogs, led by heisman hopeful Aaron Murray, didn't lose much to the NFL draft last year. If healthy, Mark Richt’s dawg pound could potentially run the table in the SEC, including knocking off Bama, staying unblemished for a chance at the title.

Further North in the big 10, the Ohio State Buckeyes went undefeated last season with ease but unfortunately weren't bowl eligible.  Newly released from the bowl ban, they have a favorable schedule. If you're betting on anyone staying perfect this year put your money on Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. 

Immortality could be up for grabs out west as well. The high powered offense of #3 Oregon will no doubt lead the PAC-12 in scoring again this year, the question is will the Ducks muster up enough offense against #4 Stanford when they both square off November 7th in Cali. The winner of this showdown may in fact be left with a donut in the loss column, tossing themselves in the discussion of who should play for the ship.

Over in the big east the team controlling their own destiny is Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals.  Back in January, Bridgewater threw for nearly 300 yards for 2 TD’s, as he and Louisville scampered impressively past a highly favored #3 Florida Gator team in the Nokia Sugar Bowl . This season the cardinals have the breeziest schedule of any top 10 team, with a list that features not a single top 25 opponent. With many of the other top 10 teams battling each other and falling off by the way side, Louisville could find themselves unbeaten and slide right in the driver seat of at least a BCS bowl bid. Although their strength of schedule may keep them out of the coin toss to play in the grand finale, Louisville will certainly earn honorable mention if they can end unbeaten.

After all the jockeying for BCS ranking positions is over, as usual we undoubtedly will be unsure as to who truly deserves an opportunity at the National Championship. The one thing everyone seems to firmly agree on is that a College Football playoff cannot come sooner. Santa and the NCAA front offices will somewhat grant our wishes next year with the introduction of a 4 team playoff. While this season strength of schedule may be the worst nightmare of many schools, snext year coaches, athletic directors, players, and fans everywhere will watch the fate of college football’s crown decided between the hash marks.





 Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com
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Lakers turn it around despite injury plagued season


 

 After one of the worse opening to a season in franchise history,Los Angeles Lakers find themselves a half game back of the 7th spot of the western conference playoffs. It’s a position this franchise isn’t accustom to being in but after a dismal season that turned into a dogfight after the all-star break, the Lakers are just thankful to be where they are. They started the season with 11 straight losses, 7 of which dated back to the preseason. After the first four of the regular season, the front office terminated Mike Brown and brought in Mike D’Antoni who’s first few games weren’t exactly concluding that the problem was solved. Since the D’Antoni era the Lakers have had some tough months like January where they loss 11 of 15 games and 7 in a row. At that point no one including the Laker bench saw the playoffs in sight and they became the joke of the league, but only briefly. As the all-star game approach they would string together a few wins and call a few player meetings where they vowed as a team they will turn around this season. They have done just that and more. They have flipped a record around that was far under 500 to a winning record of just over 500 at 36-32.


               The Lakers as of late have won 8 of their last 10 and the wins are coming with some of their marquee players out due to injury. Lakers leader and the NBA’s 3rd leading scorer at 27 points a game, Kobe Bryant, has been out the last 2 games with an ankle injury suffered against Atlanta where Los Angeles would go on to lose. After that loss the Lakers would win 2 in a row impressively without the mamba. Although his return maybe sooner than many had expected, forward Pao Gasol has been out for weeks now with an injury to his right foot. Also earlier in the season veteran guard and 2-time MVP Steve Nash missed a few weeks with a foot injury as well and to add insult to these injuries, Lakers have already lost forward Jordan Hill for the rest of the season with a hip injury. Overcoming injuries is something this Laker team has been familiar with throughout the duration of this season. With just a few weeks left in the season, the 8th spot in hand and on the heels of the Warriors for the 7th spot, it seems like the playoffs are a definite but the question is can they stay healthy enough to make a stand in the playoffs against the powerhouses in the west? With the 4th easiest schedule according to the standings, the Lakers will look to build some momentum and conquer that 7th spot with more wins against under 500 opponents. Tonight they take on a Phoenix Suns team who is 23 games under 500, a Laker win is imminent.

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LEGENDARY Laker Owner, Jerry Buss Dies



 Los Angeles Lakers owner, Jerry Buss past away today at the age of 80. Buss, who had been battling cancer, succumbed to kidney failure early Monday morning. He took over as owner of the Lakers in 1979. From that point on he built a dynasty and a franchise that many regard as the most prestigious team in sports today. Before becoming the great visionary in one of basketballs prominent front offices, Buss dabbled in a few other lucrative endeavors. With a couple degrees under his belt, an educated Buss tried his hand as a chemist and eventually ventured off successfully into real estate before his journey took him to the NBA. In everything Jerry Buss set foot into he looked to win, and winning was his forte.
      
 After acquiring the Lakers from former owner Jack Kent Cook, Buss helped formulate a new era of basketball the NBA hadn’t seen yet. He took the pizazz of Hollywood, transitioned it to the hardwood and the Los Angeles Lakers would dawn the nickname “ShowTime”.  In his long stint with LA he would win 10 NBA Championship’s. It would all begin with a solid foundation built with players like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. With these all-star caliber players Buss would have the Lakers competing for a title every year. Like everything else, all good things must come to an end and that first Laker dynasty would sail off into the sunset but another would eventually brew. To this day one of the biggest sports acquisitions in the history of sports is that of Shaquille O’neal. Jerry Buss would use Hollywood and of course a well-endowed pay day to lure the most dominate big man in the league from the east coast. After that Buss and GM at the time Jerry West, would steal a youngster by the name of Kobe Bryant from Charlotte in the 1996 draft. Together with a few veterans these 2 mega stars would run off 3 more Championships for Buss. The reign wouldn’t end there though; after the departure of O’neal, Buss and the front office would do some more wheeling and dealing and acquire a 7 foot, ball handler by the name of Pao Gasol for practically nothing. This new tandem of Gasol and superstar Kobe Bryant would capture not 1 but 2 more rings for Jerry Buss. The dynasty’s and the prestige that Buss has created for the Los Angeles Lakers will never be duplicated by another owner in the NBA and his legacy will set precedence throughout the history of professional sports forever.

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Saints get Payton and Hire Ryan to head Defense




 Less than one week after the NFL season has ended the New Orleans Saints are pretty active in their front office. They get back their commander and chief Sean Payton back at the helm and add some help by hiring Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator. If you remember former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was ousted as a result of the Saints so called bounty scandal. A scandal that left all players and the head coach vindicated. In this upcoming season the Saints are hoping that new coordinator, Rob Ryan can come in and bring some of those aggressive schemes with a defense that already has a lot of talent but simply needs direction. With a phenomenal arsenal of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, scoring points has never been an issue but keeping the scoring down was definitely an issue for the Saints this past season. In their defense they had a lot of personnel changes due to injuries and off the field issues but with a wiz like Ryan on the sidelines and no off the field distractions, the Saints should be a lot more solid on both sides of the ball next season.
              



  Rob Ryan comes over from a struggling and under achieving Dallas Cowboy team who like the Saints were plagued by injuries. Even with many injuries to the best players on Ryan’s squad, defensively the Cowboys held their own against several formidable opponents. Due to inconsistency on the Dallas offense, the Cowboys fell a game short of the playoffs but still had some impressive wins thanks largely in part to Rob Ryan’s confusing scheme calling. A couple notable wins include a waltz in division win over New York, stunning the Giants on opening night; Eli was as flustered as we’ve ever seen him. Another premiere win against a premiere quarterback was at home against Rothlisberger and the Steelers. That game Ryan outcoached the Steelers and his schemes forced Big Ben on heels all night. Although it wasn’t much to brag about Ryan and the defense was a big reason the Cowboys pulled off a division sweep against arch rival Philly. All in all, the New Orleans Saints are getting the perfect coach for the talent of players they possess. Ryan will utilize players like Vilma and Fujita in brilliant packages that will help disguise the schemes while at the same time exploiting the weaknesses of the offenses they face. This Saints acquisition was no doubt a smart move and at the very least will keep them competing in the NFC South.

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