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Category: NBA
Tags: New Jersey Nets New York Nets Brooklyn Nets Nets

Since I am probably the only New York Nets/New Jersey Nets/Brooklyn Nets fan on YouGabSports I decided to dedicate this blog to myself with a run down of my favorite NBA basketball team.

With the NBA regular season upon us, New Jersey is a totally different team.

Gone are Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston, Tony Battie, Josh Boone, Keyon Dooling, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Trenton Hassell, Jarvis Hayes, Yi Jianlian, Eduardo Najera, Chris Quinn, Bobby Simmons and Sean Williams.

The foundation of the team, Brook Lopez returns with, hopefully the real, Devin Harris, the consistent Kris Humpries and the up-and-coming Terrence Williams.

But the key to this team will be the additions to the team. It begins with the owner Mikhail Prokhorov and coach Avery Johnson. In Mikhail the Nets get an owner who is committed to winning the NBA title in 5 years and the playoffs now. At least the team has an owner who is giving the team a direction to shoot for. In Avery, New Jersey gets a coach who can attain those goals and is a defensive fanatic, something the Nets have lacked for decades. Also, Johnson likes the defense to set up the fast-brake and an up-tempo style of play.

Key additions to the team are Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmer, Derrick Favors, Damion James, Troy Murphy, Travis Outlaw, Johan Petro, Quinton Ross, Joe Smith, and Ben Uzoh. Each was brought in for a reason.

The Starters (totals 2009-2010):

Center: Brook Lopez (7’0”, 18.8 ppg and 8.1 trb)

Forward: Travis Outlaw (6’9”, 8.7 ppg and 3.6 trb)

Forward: Troy Murphy (6’11”, 14.6 ppg and 10.2 trb) *injured lower back

Forward: Joe Smith (6’10”, 3.0 ppg and 2.5 trb)

Guard: Devin Harris (6’3”, 16.9 ppg and 3.2 trb)

Guard: Anthony Morrow (6’5”, 11.6 ppg and 3.4 trb)

Troy Murphy will take pressure off of Lopez with his scoring and rebounding. Now teams will not have to always double-team Brook. Travis Outlaw made big shots in the past and he can hit the 3, something the Nets lacked for several years. Same can be said for Anthony Morrow who hit 45.6% from the 3-point line. It will be up to Devin Harris to make this all work as the floor leader. He is the fasted Guard in the NBA and when he is on he can penetrate to the basket and either take the shot or hit the open man.

The first person off the bench will be Terrance Williams who can add instant scoring. Farmer will be a great addition to the Nets as he can take over for Harris and the team will not miss a beat and also have a good 3-point shooter and passer. Favors and James, both rookies, will add depth to the Forward position and eventually will become the starter. Petro will fit in nicely as the back-up to Lopez. He will allow Brook to sit out for several minutes at a time and take some pressure off the starting center. Joe Smith adds veteran leadership and is filling in while Murphy recovers. Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh add depth to the bench.

Overall:

This is nowhere near the New Jersey team that lost 70 games last season. The Nets added players who can hit 3-pointers in Morrow and Farmer, can rebound in Murphy and have big wing-spans in Favors and Damion James.

Stats provided by basketball-reference.com 


 

The Nutball Gazette--World Series Predictions
Category: MLB

 

The Nutball Gazette--World Series Predictions

Well "The Expert" is back with his Stone Cold Bet the Mortgage predictions tat cannot go wrong, The thing about "The Expert" is he has given bad advise
 
Here is the Proof.
 
AL PLAYOFFS--(Pre Season)
White Sox (WC) over Angels--4
Yankees over Tigers--4
ALCS--Yankees over White Sox--6
NL Playoffs
Phillies over Giants--3
Braves (WC) over Cardinals--5
NLCS
Phillies over Braves--6
WORLD SERIES
YANKEES OVER PHILLIES IN 7 GAMES (Oops Missed it by that much)
 
My Picks at the Beginning of the Playoffs
AL
Twins over Yankees in 4
Rays over Rangers in 5
NL
Phils over Reds in 4
Giants over Braves in 3
ALCS
Twins over Rays in 7
Phils over Giants in 5
World Series
Phillies over Twins in 6
 
You see How great "The Expert" is?
 
Then the Picks for the ALCS and NLCS--
 
Phillies in 5
 
I say Yankees in 6. (You always can count on "The Expert")
 
Now for this year's World Series Picks. ("The Expert"s picks has shown you that it is a guarantee for you to get rich with these Picks
 
Rangers have Cliff Lee who is on the verge of becoming among if not the best post season pitcher ever. They have the great story of Josh Hamilton who was highly touted as a kid and almost destroyed his life with drug addiction and has come back as a truly great player who everyone has to root for.
 
Giants have "The Freak" Tim Lincecum who when you look at him you would say he must be the as a great of a surfer as Kelly Slater (Local Brevard County Fl. Kid)
 
For people who are from the Brevard County area this is also a battle of Melbourne's Bruce Bochy and Merritt Islands Clint Hurdle
 
Now for the Pick. I see Cliff Lee pitching in Games 1 and 5 (I think he should go 1-4-7) Rangers have explosive hitting
Giants have a great deep rotation and a Solid Bullpen and a lock-down Closer They do not have the explosive bats But they do score when given a chance, I think this will come down to who makes mistakes in the field and gives extra outs or bases.
So with 4 games in San Francisco it means Vlad in the Outfield for 4 games, and that is the difference, I see Vlad making a mistake that cost Texas a game. and in games 2 2,3 and 4 The Giants have the edge in pitching winning 2 of them, Lincecum wins at least 1 time vs Lee in a 1-0 or 2-1 game,
 
So the Prediction is
 
Giants in 6
 
Wrestling Wednesday - Eddie Guerrero's daughter signs a contract and other news
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE ECW WWF NWA AWA TNA World Class Championship Wrestling Memphis Championship Wrestling Ring of Honor Wrestling


 

It looks like this is the last season of WWE’s NXT. It is now being shown on the WWE website.

The WWE will be restarting Tough Enough on the USA Network within the next couple of months.

Michael Benoit, the father of the late Chris Benoit, is speaking at a press conference in Connecticut today for Linda McMahon’s Democratic Senate race opponent, Richard Blumenthal. Benoit is speaking out about how WWE treats its wrestlers and said he was there to “change an industry that is out of control.”

Benoit says that Vince and Linda McMahon are motivated by nothing but money.. “The only reason that woman wants to go to Washington is to protect the dollars that WWE makes, to head off any attempt to regulate their industry.” said Benoit.

TNA has a new angle where Bischoff and Hogan kicked out Dixie Carter to run TNA. There are new factions taking place and people seem to be picking sides. Will see where this is going.

Shaul Marie Guerrero, Shaul Marie Guerrero, the 20 year old daughter of Vickie Guererro and the late Eddie Guererro, has reportedly signed a developmental deal with the WWE. Here is a picture of Shaul:

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Stupid Is, As Stupid Does!
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Miami Heat LeBron James Stupid Bar Owners

 

 

 

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I came across this on Google, I couldn't stop laughing at the stupidity of this!

 

 

Hollywood's Whiskey Tango All-American Bar & Grill is betting that the Miami Heat don't lose a game all season.

The bar has pledged to pick up your drinks tab -- up to $25 -- if the Heat lose. The only rule is that patrons have to sign in at the bar half an hour before each game starts. "We don't want people watching the games at home, and then running to the bar to start a tab if something starts to go wrong for the Heat," explains promotions director Jen Roberts.

 

The bar would have a better chance at getting mileage out of this gimmick if it wasn't for a tough opening schedule. The Heat play East Conference champion Celtics in Boston tonight, and take on Philadelphia on Wednesday. Their home opener is against the vaunted Orlando Magic on Friday. Dwyane Wade, meanwhile, missed most of the preseason with an injury -- and LeBron James' hamstring has been nagging him as well.

While we would never deign to suggest that the Heat won't go undefeated this season, all we're saying is we're going to Whiskey Tango tonight with no cash in our pockets -- and we're starting a tab with a maxed-out credit card. We have a gambling problem.

 

As posted at Miami News Times Blogs!

Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL; Dallas Cowboys; College football; MLB; Texas Rangers


 

 

Well, another week has reached it's midpoint. This weekend is Halloween and soon another year will be in the books. As each week slips by, I try real hard to find the sports story that provides a bit of humor and allows me to add a nice picture or two. As we are moving deeper into the football season, I will do the majority of my deep thinking this week about football.

 

  

                                                                                                         

There is a real problem today. College athletes are not allowed to be paid to play, yet many still are. The primary source of the money is from agents hoping to sign the player when they go pro. What normally happens is that the institution is punished and the athlete moves on to the NFL. In reality, Division I football is a huge revenue earner and it is easy to see how a player without much pocket change is swayed. Apparently, there have been talks this week to change the rules of the game. Here is what is on the table:

The NCAA noted the possibility of "potential post-NCAA financial penalties" in a news release Monday announcing the collaborative discussions between professional and college football leaders, player agents, state law enforcement officials and NCAA executives.

The possibility of suspensions during a player's NFL rookie year -- as long as six to eight games -- is also being discussed, according to two sources involved in the collaborative discussions including representatives of the NFL, the NFLPA, the NCAA and the American Football Coaches Association.

This means that if a college player's eligibility has ended under NCAA penalty, a player such as former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant or former North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin could be subject to penalties that extend well beyond the loss of college eligibility.  

So, why would the NFL go along with this? This is worse than requiring college basketball players to play one year in college before being allowed to enter the NBA. I just don't understand this. An NFL player only has so many years to play and to suspend them for six or eight games is a significant penalty. There certainly needs to be more scrutiny in place for agents and their contact with athletes, but I just don't see this. What do you think? Is this the right way to go?

 

 


 

 

 

So did you hear about the fight at Karma Lounge in Nashville? Word has it that  Kenny Britt landed a punch that required 4 stitches to close the wound.  Of course when Coach Fisher found out about the fracas, he felt compelled to dole out some type of punishment. To attempt to get a handle on the offense, Fisher actually went to the club and interviewed several employees. Here is what Fisher said: "I am not going to go into details, but I did talk to people there. And from what I was able to obtain, it was more clear that I needed to delay the decision.''  Br B

Britt was suspended for the first quarter of last Sunday's game. It is a good thing for the Eagles that Britt only played 3 quarters. He finished the day with 225 yard receiving and 3 TD's not bad for only part of the game.
 

 




News flash...if you have Tony Romo as your fantasy QB you need to search the waiver wire soon!  

 

Romo will miss 6 to 8 weeks with a fractured clavicle or collarbone to you and me. If I am an NFL QB, I don't want to see the NY Giants on the schedule. Jon Kitna will take over as the starting QB for Dallas. I think that Kitna will surprise everyone. The guy has a good arm and seems to have found a favorite receiver in Dez Bryant. So will they finally turn the season around and begin to play excellent football? So Dallas fans, how about those Rangers!

 


 

 

 


There is one Texas Ranger in the Hall of Fame. Of course it is Nolan Ryan. I am thrilled that the Rangers have finally made it to the World Series. As has been said...since you are there, you might as well win. I know that the Giants have a great rotation, but I like the Rangers to win in 5 games.

 


 

 

 

Brian WIlson is a very good closer. He is also a bit different. He was asked if he dyed his beard at a news conference this week. Brown hair, black beard? C'mon Brian!

Here is his comment:

"It's just dark because we play a lot of day games," Wilson said, backtracking. "It's really tan. It's just focused." 

Yeah, focused...that's it.

 


 

I am still trying to figure out how Texas lost to Iowa State? Texas fans have become very spoiled by Vince Young and Colt McCoy the past several years. This is a very strange year for football. Quite honestly, Texas could win out or lose the rest of them. I keep saying...if you can run the ball, play defense and special teams you will win most of your games. The OL for Texas is a real mystery.

 


 

Good news regarding my son's Warrior high school football team. They won 30 to 14 last week and with the win, they guaranteed themselves a playoff spot. They have a tough match up this week. But, they are playing well and I think they have a decent chance to win this game. The early loses seem a long time ago. A friend of mine keeps saying, "good teams get better." How very true!

 


 

Since Halloween approaches, I figured I might as well add a few sexy treats.


 

  

 

 

   

                               One for Beeze!

 


 

 Here is a late breaking story that I have added late: An ex Bengal (Horace Simth) has been been fired from his job with Woy and Willis a Dallas area Sports Agency. Here is the scoop...Smith is accused of defrauding three NFL players that are represented by Woy and Willis. Lamarr Houston, Daryl Washington and Perrish Cox. Smith goes to several lending institutions and obtains loans in excess of $350,000 in the name of the players without their knowledge. He puts the money in a New York brokerage account so that only he has access to the money. Of course since payments were never made on the loans, the loans defaulted. Freaking unbelievable...how did he think he would get away with this. The kicker was that when he was fired, he called all of Woy and WIllis clients and told them that he had left and wanted them to come to his new sports agency. Jerry McGuire he is not.

Sully, this will be my TOTW nomination.
 


 

Now I leave you with a bit of Jack Handy:

"A good way to threaten somebody is to light a stick of dynamite. Then you call the guy and hold the burning fuse up to the phone. "Hear that?" you say. "That's dynamite, baby."

"After I die, wherever my spirit goes, I'm going to try to get back and visit my skeleton at least once a year, because, "Hey, old buddy, how's it going?"  

 

Happy Halloween everyone! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment or complain.

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