Archive for February, 2012

RG III + Redskins = Perfect Match


Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is expected to be a top five pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Washington Redskins are one of several teams very interested in the Baylor product. Photo by: Mike Davis / Flickr

BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

Out of all the potential places he could land, 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III would be best suited to start his NFL career in a Washington Redskins jersey.

The Washington Redskins are one of the many teams currently contemplating trading up to receive the Ram’s second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They are reportedly willing to offer their sixth overall pick and next year’s first round selection along with two other picks for the opportunity to draft RG III. While it is a very steep price, it will be well worth it.

For starters, the Washington Redskins need a true franchise quarterback. For too long now have they rested all their hopes upon the shoulders of journeymen (John Beck), inconsistent youth (Jason Campbell), and aging veterans (Donovan McNabb).

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Things you’ve heard before: NBA All-Star nitpicks


BY BRANDON J. SMITH, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Can we all admit the Slam Dunk contest is a bloated waste of time at this point? It was a bit pathetic to see Derrick Williams attempt his between-the-legs-reverse-jam 15 times without success, which once again provides an opening to flood a pretend suggestion box with ideas.

H-O-R-S-E

It’s not that difficult, at all. Take a look at this HORSE competition between Bob McAdoo and Pistol Pete, you can tell that this exercise is actually fun and entertaining to all.

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Spring Training Teasers: Couch Side’s top five second basemen for 2012


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writer

We are well into the 2012 spring training season and continuing with our theme of previewing each position in the big leagues, Brett Murdock turns his attention to the second basemen. Here is what he has to say about the spot.

 

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit .307 with 21 home runs and 91 RBIs last season. Photo by: Jonathan Pape / Flickr

 1. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

The diminutive player out of Arizona State may be small in stature, but is possibly the Red Sox’s most important player. He does a little bit of everything and plays with a fiery passion. Pedroia won the AL MVP in only his second full year in the bigs and is also a 3-time All-Star. Last year, he finished with a .307 average with a career high 21 home runs and a .990 fielding percentage, committing only seven errors in 722 defensive chances. He is probably the most complete second basemen in the game.

 

 

 

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Spring Training Teasers: Couch Side’s top five first baseman for 2012


BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com writer

In part three of Couch Side’s 12 part series on the best position players going into 2012, we’ll take a look at what could be the deepest position in the MLB – first base. Although this is my top five, one guy you won’t see on the list is Miguel Cabrera, who is expected to move across the infield to third with the Tigers’ addition of Prince Fielder.

With that said, let’s take a look at my top five first basemen heading into the new season.

Former St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols landed Couch Side's No. 1 spot for the best first baseman in baseball after he landed a ground-breaking deal with the L.A. Angles this offseason. Photo by: Michael Noirot / Flickr

1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

When a season consisting of a .299 batting average, 37 home runs and 99 RBIs, is considered a “down season,” you know you’re one of the game’s best. That was Pujols’ line from a year ago and it snapped his 10-year streak of hitting .300 with 30 home runs and driving in 100 runs. This season, Pujols moves out West following 11 seasons with the Cardinals fresh off his second World Series title, but nothing short of a “bounce back” season is expected from him. Pujols is a career .348 hitter in interleague play, so although the jersey may have changed, the colors haven’t and if there’s such a thing as a sure-bet, Pujols is just that. There’s a reason why he’s called The Machine. “El Hombre” or not, the Angels need their new $240 million acquisition to the man if they hope to reclaim their spot atop the AL West.

 2. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

Until last year, A-Go had spent his previous five seasons in the spacious confines of Petco Park and still managed to knock out 32 dingers a season as a Padre. So expectations were sky-high moving to the American League where he could swat balls over the short right field porch at Fenway with that sweet lefty swing. Well, Gonzalez actually only managed to hit 27 balls out of the park, but in exchange he hit a career-high .338, more than 30 points above his previous career-high, and topped 200 hits for the first time. This year, the batting average might dip a little, but I expect an increase in his home run production between 30-35 in that murderer’s row that is the Red Sox lineup. Oh and he’s also won three Gold Gloves in the last four years, so there won’t be any Bill Buckner moments with this guy.

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Washington Capitals remain in huge slump


BY JOHN SCOTT, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin has just 16 goals in 56 games this season. Photo by: clydeorama / Flickr

It is tough to find the words to describe how poorly the Washington Capitals are performing. Embarrassing, is one. Terrible, could be another. This year they have 29 wins, 26 losses and 5 overtime losses and are currently in third place in their division, 20th in the league. How can you go from a semi-final dominant team to this?

The Caps should be a powerhouse in the National Hockey League. With players like Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Karl Alzner and John Carlson, they should beat teams left and right. But they’re not. In their past 15 games, they’ve won four times. They even lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Feb. 20. This isn’t Squirt hockey;  the Capitals should be putting at least one goal on the board against a team like that.

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Spring Training Teasers: Couch Side’s top five catchers for 2012


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

In part two of Couch Side’s 12 part series on the best position player going into 2012, I’ll examine the MLB’s top backstops. A couple of catchers on my top five missed a big chunk of the 2011 season because of injury, but they’re both still considered two of the best in the game.

Here’s a closer look at the best from behind the dish in 2012:

Catcher Mike Napoli set career highs in batting average, homer runs and RBIs in his first season with the Texas Rangers last year. Photo by Bart Hanlon / Flickr

1. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers

It’s weird to think a 30-year-old wouldn’t reach his prime until his career was almost halfway over, but it appears that’s the exact case for Mike Napoli. The six-year veteran set career highs in home runs, RBIs and batting average last season for the Texas Rangers and he played a key factor to their American League Championship run. The most impressive of Napoli’s personal highs last year had to have been how he hit for average. Don’t get me wrong, his power numbers were very impressive, but before last season, Napoli never hit higher that .273. In 2011, the Florida native hit an amazing .320. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Napoli yet and that’s saying a lot. It will be tough for him to make a repeat performance after an incredible 2011 season, but now that the Rangers are contenders, he’ll play with that bad taste of losing a World Series lingering in his mouth.

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Spring Training Teasers: Couch Side’s top five MLB pitchers for 2012


BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

As pitchers and catchers reported to their respective camps during the past few days, Couch Side also has Spring Training fever.

And with the Major League Baseball season about a month away, we’ve decided to begin a look into the top players at each position. So here is our fist in a series of 12 blogs in which we will break down the top five players at each position during the next few weeks. Couch Side’s own Trevor Gould appropriately chose to start our series off with starting pitchers. Here is who he sees as this year’s movers and shakers from the hill.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander won the A.L. MVP and CY Young awards last season. Photo by: SD Dirk / Flickr

1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Last year, Justin Verlander almost singlehandedly redefined the definition of domination. The right-handed fire-baller posted a league high 24 wins along with a stellar 2.40 ERA, scintillating 250 punch-outs, and a .92 WHIP, the lowest in the league. Major League Baseball rewarded Verlander handsomely for his accomplishments by handing him both the AL Cy Young and league MVP award. Verlander’s pitches often exceed 100 MPH, and he is able to accurately pinpoint all areas of the strike zone, keeping hitters constantly guessing. Thanks to the Tigers’ offensive potency and the recent addition of power bat Prince Fielder, Verlander has a very good chance of racking up an equally gaudy number of wins this season.

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Backup Brady Quinn rips “year of the Tebow”


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Denver Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn ripped teammate Tim Tebow today in an interview for the March edition of GQ magazine. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

It’s hard for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to stay out of the news.

It’s also difficult for Tebow’s teammates to do the same, especially when they’re constantly being asked about the former Florida star. One Bronco, backup quarterback Brady Quinn, was the latest of Tebow’s teammates to conduct an interview about his colleague. Like any interview where the basis is about Tebow, Quinn could have either jumped on his teammate’s bandwagon or jumped off of it. Needless to say — because you’ve probably guessed it by now — Quinn chose to rip Tebow instead of give him any sort of credit. 

Quinn was asked to touch on several topics from if Tebow gained his success by luck to if he thought Tebow’s prayers were too over the top. Quinn had a lot to say and one thing was certain: he really doesn’t like Tebow. Now, from a selfish perspective, you can’t blame Quinn for feeling this way. But what gives any professional athlete the right to tarnish their teammates publicly? It was extremely unprofessional when Tebow’s own coach, John Fox, did it and it’s just as bad when the backup QB decides to rip the starter through the press. What image ae the Broncos trying to portray?

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Couch Side podcast update (Feb. 20, 2011)


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

We at Couchsideshow.com regret to inform you that we will not be airing our weekly podcast, Couch Side, this week because of changes to our website. Please check back next week for a new episode with hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul. Again, we apologize for any inconvience, but the back end work to our website will be worth it in the long run. Please stay tuned for more updates as we look to upgrade (and possible shut down) our website this week. Bear with us and all the latest Couch Side coverage will be back to normal before you know it.


Tribute to Gary Carter: The passing of a good guy


BY VIN CAPPIELLO, ballino.blogspot.com contributor

Gary Carter is in the MLB hall of fame as a member of the Montreal Expos, but he is also a member of the New York Mets hall of fame as shown in this plaque. Carter sadly died at the age of 57 last week and will forever be known as "The Kid." Photo by: Up Along First / Flickr

Gary Carter’s unfortunate, and to some of us, unfair death due to brain cancer has left us with questions. It’s never fair when anyone dies of cancer; on this I’m sure most of us agree. However, one cannot help but press our lips together and shake our collective heads in wonder as the major news outlets, while scrolling news of Carter’s death along the bottom of the TV screen, spent last week camped out adjacent to New Hope Baptist Church in hopes of finding out the latest details of the late Whitney Houston’s imminent funeral.

Houston’s death, while tragic, has resulted in the deification of a woman who could sing like no other. But she played too hard. Period.

Carter, on the other hand, played hard because it was his job. Playing catcher is considered by most baseball writers, fans, players and coaches as the toughest, most demanding position on the diamond. But Carter, a Hall of Famer, when he left the locker room after a win or loss, went home to his wife, his children, and his Bible.

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Wyoming College Hoops Rant (2/3 — 2/17)


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Another two weeks have unfolded in Wyoming community college men’s hoops and it looks like one team is starting to separate itself from the pack of eight seven squads in the Cowboy state.

Sheridan College is rolling right now, collecting votes for the NJCAA top-20 poll and piling up five wins in a row. The General have the most wins in Wyoming with 22 and only trail Otero Junior College for the overall lead in the Region IX standings.

While Sheridan appears to be at the top of its game, the four inner-state teams below the Generals are still battling each other in attempts to climb up the standings. Northwest College, Western Wyoming Community College, Casper College, Central Wyoming College and even Gillette College look like they could still make noise at the end of the season and fight it out until the end to be Wyoming’s No. 2 team.

So without any further holdup, here is another biweekly blog of the Wyoming College Hoops rant:

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Rockies went all in this offseason


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Colorado Rockies were the most active team this offseason in all of Major League Baseball.

It takes me back to the winter of 2000 when Colorado dished out big bucks for some big busts in Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton. Now, we all know how that turned out, but this season and a few years down the road, the Rockies should only reap the benefits of what their front office accomplished during the past few months.

Colorado got much more experienced, cleaned house and held onto most of their top prospects all in one very busy offseason. Rockies General Manager Dan O’Dowd went nuts this season, hoping that quantity will outweigh quality. Colorado didn’t go for big names like Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols like they did in 2000 to bolster one of the weakest starting rotations in all of baseball. Instead, the Rockies made 10 trades, signed three free agents, resigned five of their own free agents and dumped seven guys from last year’s team — five of whom signed minor league deals with other teams.

Wow. What an offseason. And one the fans should be proud of. They just might have a tough time trying to guess who will be where when opening day hits Coors Field. In the end, however, the plethora of transactions may pay off with a return to the playoffs.

Here’s a breakdown of what the Rockies were up to this offseason by transaction type:

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Couch Side Episode Seven: Linsansity


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, the gang debates if Jeremy Lin can keeping it goin, the Charlotte Bobcats, the possible merger of the Mountain West conference, Randy Moss returning, where Peyton Manning is headed and the latest in the UFC. Couch Side also welcomes special guests Andy Paul and Todd Jackson. Click Below to Listen to the Couch Side Show podcast, now on ITunes. Don’t forget to subscribe.

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Linsanity takes over New York


BY STAYSON ISOBE, Couchsideshow.com writer

New York Knicks point guard has taken the NBA by storm during the past five games, averagin more than 25 points per game. Photo by: DV Lang / Flickr

I remember reading this article a few years ago and thinking that how great would it be if this guy made it to the NBA. If he could represent and give hope for all the Asian Americans out there that anything is possible despite what the naysayers may say.

A little more than two years later and call it what you want, but Linsanity has taken over the sports world and my dream for this guy has come true. When Yao Ming sadly retired from the game in July, who would’ve thought that a little known point guard from Harvard would immediately take the torch and keep the Asian influence alive in the NBA? No offense to Yi Jianlian, but he wasn’t cutting it.

Yet that’s exactly what Jeremy Lin has done over the last week and a half ever since that fateful February night two Saturdays ago, where he took the world by storm. Lin came off the bench and notched career numbers – 25 points, five rebounds and eight assists – and led his New York Knicks to a 99-92 victory over the Nets.

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Pebble Beach performance proves Tiger must improve


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Tiger Woods tied for 15th at the AT&T Pebble Beach PGA Pro-Am during the weekend. Photo by: Chase McAlpine / Flickr

Tiger Woods may not be ready for the big show yet.

That might seem like a pretty big stretch so early into the PGA season, but Woods showed what could be his true colors at the Pebble Beach Pro Am over the weekend. After safely landing just two strokes behind the lead on hole No. 6, Sunday afternoon, Woods finishes a whopping 11 strokes behind tourney champion Phil Mickelson. How does a golfer fall back that bad?

In short, it’s because Tiger may not be ready for a full comeback. He just isn’t where he needs to be in his game to actually win tournament. In golf, it’s all about closing in four-day tournaments. Tiger played well for three days, but he simply couldn’t close. After he was within an eagle of the lead on No. 6, Woods bogeyed the next three holes and in total, he missed five putts within five feet. Something had to be playing with this guy’s head.

We all know golf is a mental sport. So how could a fan of the game possible expect Woods to bounce back quickly after what he dealt with during his dispute with ex-wife, Elen Nordengen. That one low-point in Tiger’s life will haunt him forever and fans of Woods should never discount the toll that the situation has taken.

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Out of left field: Cespedes agrees to terms with A’s


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

After the Texas Rangers signed japanese phenon Yu Darvish last month, all eyes shifted to Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes to make the next big overseas signing in professional baseball.

It seemed like the young outfielder’s decision wouldn’t be made until Spring Training rolled around and it appeared like the Miami Marlins had the bait to sway Cespedes to Florida. But in a surprising move, the Oakland Athletics shocked the baseball world by signing Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million deal Monday. For the entire offseason, the A’s looked as if they were going to settle into their ways of dumping young talent while trying to build a competitive roster with a very low payroll. This signing was the complete opposite of that, throwing the entire MLB a major curveball that not a lot of people saw coming. (more…)


Give Gronkowski a break


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writer

I’m not exactly one would call a Patriots fan. Do I hate them? Not really. Do I like them? Depends on the situation. Do I respect them? I’ll just say that I give credit where and when credit is due.

So when camera phone footage of tight end Rob Gronkowski partying mere hours after the Pats lost Super Bowl XLVI was splattered all over the internet, ESPN and the like, my first thought was “ok, that’s odd”. I didn’t throw a fit or get steamed about the amateur video because honestly, I don’t care. Neither should America.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was called out by ESPN analysts for partying just hours after Sunday's Super Bowl loss. Photo by: Angie Six / Flickr

Sure, it was pretty surprising to see Gronk on a dance floor just going to town, probably under the influence of some intoxicating liquids. Even more surprising because he has a bum ankle that limited his play in the Big Game, probably the main reason for the Patriots’ loss.

As such, this game was five days ago and the partying was done the same night. So, why does it keep popping up on SportsCenter, Mike and Mike, The Dan Patrick Show, etc.? Its time to kill this bird with two stones and never let it resonate again.

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Coyotes finally showing signs of life


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com contributor

After enduring two consecutive first-round playoff losses to the Detroit Red Wings, it sure looked like the Phoenix Coyotes were in for a major letdown this year.

They lost their franchise goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed an outrageous contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. They are still owned by the NHL and are always under the relocation cloud. And, they still did not have a marquee player to really put butts in the seats at Jobing.com Arena.

Left winger Ray Whitney, a 20-year NHL veteran, leads the Phoenix Coyotes with 33 assists and is one of the reasons the team is relevant again. Photo by: Bridget Samuels / Flickr

They attempted to more or less replace some lost pieces through the market, acquiring goaltender Mike Smith and fourth-line grinder Raffi Torres on the first day of free agency. Their ownership troubles still loomed but there are still interested parties, reportedly. And they acquired former Coyote and first-line center Daymond Langkow in a trade.

The 2011-12 season started off alright as the boys surprised everyone by jumping out of the gate quite nicely, but quickly simmered into something more resembling a team going through the motions than a franchise looking to prove that they weren’t just lucky or a fluke the past two years. Entering the recently completed All-Star break, they were mired in a pack of six teams vying for a playoff spot and did not look like they had the drive, or talent, to make it to the finish line.

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Crosby returns to practice after concussion scare


BY JOHN SCOTT, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Sidney Crosby, a former Stanley Cup champion and MVP, returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins with a full practice on Monday. Crosby has been out since Jan. 5 with concussion symptoms and neck injuries.

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has missed almost two months of the NHL season with concussion symptoms. Photo by: exploitme / Flickr

Little did Crosby know that the hit he sustained during the 2011 Winter Classic and the hit the game after would affect his career tremendously. During the 2011 Winter Classic, Dave Steckel accidentally collided with Crosby. Then, instead of sitting out the next game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Crosby decided to play. Probably not the smartest thing to do, playing with concussion-like symptoms. During the game, he took a hit from behind into the boards from Tampa Bay’s defenseman Victor Hedman.

“I didn’t like them,” Crosby told reporters about the two hits, “you talk about head shots and dealing with them, that’s been something that’s been a pretty big point of interest from general managers and players.”

Taking both of those collisions gave Crosby a severe concussion, causing him to skip the next few games.

Few knew these hits would impact his career a year later. During the Penguins’ game against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 5, 2011, Crosby took another hit, which made him sit out with another concussion.

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What’s next for the New England Patriots?


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchshideshow.com writer

As a fan of the New England Patriots, I was heart broken at the conclusion of Sunday’s nailbiting Superbowl.

Fast forward a day later, and just like every NFL fan who is not a New York Giants fan, my mind is on what lies ahead for my team. New England, led by mastermind head coach Bill Belichick and wonder boy Tom Brady, have many holes on this team, as the G-men showed. This loss is sure to sting and last until week one of next season.

But all is not bad in Foxboro, here are a few things Belichick and company have to look toward.

New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is one of several free agents the Patriots will have to consider resigning. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

• Free Agency: The Patriots are a team which builds through the draft, but after this season, with all the expiring contracts up, Belichick will have to look to free agency for    some upgrades. Wide outs Wes Welker and Deion Branch, running backs Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and pass rushers Shaun Ellis, Rob Ninkovich, Mark Anderson and Andre Carter will all be free agents. Also, they’ll have to replace incumbent centers Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly. Though the Patriots haven’t shelled out good money for a free agent since the signing of defensive linemen/outside linebacker Adailius Thomas, addressing the defensive line, defensive backs and wide receivers needs to be a top priority. The Pats could take a look a wide outs DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Vincent Jackson. I doubt they actually sign any of them, but they need to be talking with their agents.

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Couch Side Episode Six: Super Bowl aftermath


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode, special guest Andy Paul joins the show to discuss how the Giants will follow up their Super Bowl win and how the Patriots will look to rebound after the big loss. Also in the “Halfcourt Shot,” the gang debates if Kevin Love is a top five NBA player and the impact of Chauncey Billups’ season ending injury. And finally, Couch Side takes its first look at the NFL Draft in a special edition of Quick Snippets. Click Below to listen to Couch Side!


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Quick Hits: Super Bowl always blown out of proportion


BY JON FRANK, Couchsideshow.com contributor

Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m glad the Super Bowl is over.

Don’t get me wrong, things went about as well as you could ask. A great story line leading up to the Big Game, a well-played, entertaining game, with a great finish.

But now, with the exception of just about every NFL outlet trying to hock ridiculously expensive shit on people for the next week or so, things are going to get back to normal. No more in-depth looks at Tom Brady’s rockstar treatment in Indianapolis, no more monotonous AP stories on whether or not the Pats can get revenge for what Eli Manning and his band of misfits did to them in 2008. And, best of all, no more stories about Bill Belichick being a “nice guy once you get to know him”.

Everything in sports media over the last couple weeks Eli this, Tom Brady that. Now we can get back to talking about the, uh, NBA? MLB offseason?  OK. So maybe there’s a reason media outlets don so much attention on this game. It’s the most highly anticipated event in American sports and things really slow down after the NFL’s grand finale. Regardless, I’m ready to move on with my life, which means a steady dose of college hoops for the next two months without having to read the same damn story line over and over again for a week and a half straight.

As for football in general, I’m sure I’ll be dying to have you back in my life come June when the NBA playoffs are over.


Giants have much to look forward to after Super Bowl win


 

Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse Feb. 6, 2012 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The celebration at the theme park took place only one day after Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Photo by: Ricky Brigante / Flickr

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Now that the Super Bowl is over and the New York Giants are NFL champions, an entire new image of the team will come across the sports wires and on our television screens.

Overpaid analysts will tell us what this title means to the people of New York and how they knew the Giants had it in them all along. And in turn, we will quickly forget that ESPN’s and FOX Sports’ best wrote the Giants off with about three weeks left, jumping back on the bandwagon of the Dallas Cowboys and even the Philadelphia Eagles. New York had to make believers out of a lot of people and finally showed the mainstream sports media that they’re worth the ink.

The Giants have earned their top spot. Now, the same people who discredited them after a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the regular season will be eating their own words while putting on a smile and bowing down to the almighty G-Men. New York truly stunned the football world this year and this Vince Lombardi Trophy had a little more emotion behind it. The title loudly throws New York right back on the football map since the team’s last championship in 2007 against — oddly enough — the New England Patriots. It also only proves that this team has always had it, despite what the critics and hot shot analysts think.

Yes, any championship takes a franchise to a whole new level. But for the Giants and their staff and fans, I believe this year’s title run is even sweeter than others in the past.

Here’s a look at just a few things the Giants’ Super Bowl rings will bring:

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When will Kevin Love get some MVP love?


BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

Minnesota Timerwolves power forward Kevin Love usually isn't considered an MVP-caliber player. But the UCLA product is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. Photo by: JMR Photography / Flickr

When will Kevin Love finally get the credit he deserves?

The 6’10 third-year power forward from UCLA is singlehandedly compiling one of the more impressive yet overlooked statistical streaks in NBA. He ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 25.3 points per game, behind only Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, three of the NBA’s most prolific scorers. He also is currently sitting at second in rebounds, averaging 13.5 boards a game. The only person with more rebounds is the athletic monstrosity known as Dwight Howard. Out of his 22 games this season, Love has accrued 20 double-doubles.

When will these stats get his name throw into the MVP race?

Along with the help of Spanish rookie passing sensation Ricky Rubio, Love is making the Minnesota Timberwolves not only relevant again but also incredibly fun to watch. His shot versatility and formidable rebounding ability has shaped him into a potent offensive threat that opposing teams have yet to solve.

Despite his phenomenal recent success, it makes sense as to why Love hasn’t been getting as much love as he deserves. First off, the Timberwolves play in a very small market, a place where the bright lights of the national media rarely venture. Second, while the Timberwolves have improved exponentially, they still currently sit at a meager 11-12.

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