Archive for April, 2012

Lamar Odom Ditching Reality Show To Focus On NBA Career


 BY MEDIA DAILY LA, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Lamar Odom. Photo by: David Shankbone / Flick

Lamar Odom has finally made up his mind, as Odom will ditch his E! Network reality show “Lamar and Khole” — which stars him and his wife Khloe Kardashian — to focus on his return to a NBA team.

TMZ is reporting that after the second season of the reality show ends, Odom will begin focusing on his return back to the NBA hard floor. Although Odom won’t have his own reality show, the couple — Lamar and Khole — will make appearances on the Kardashian’s family reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” — a nother E! Network reality show.

It was reported back in March that Odom didn’t want to do anymore reality shows, as he believed it was missing up his game play on the basketball court.

Lamar was recently seen with Khole and his sister-in-law Kim in Brooklyn, as Lamar was teaching Kim how to play basketball, which will be featured on the new season of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.

 Be sure to check out other great articles at Media Daily LA.

LaMichael James’ Role In The NFL


BY JASON HARTZOG, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Despite having a handful of running backs already on their roster, the San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon running back LaMichael James with the 61st pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo by: Neon Tommy / Flickr

With the 61st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers were proud to select LaMichael James, running back, Oregon.

The 49ers are now stacked at the running back position. They have recently signed Brandon Jacobs this offseason and they still have a stud in Frank Gore. Running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter are also on the roster. I look at LaMichael as an upgrade to what Kendall Hunter brought to the table. He is a smaller back with a ton of speed. But James brings a lot more than just speed to the table.

LaMichael knows what it is like to play for a winning program … and produce. His years at the University of Oregon were very kind to him. He ran for 1,500+ yards in all three years to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 conference (formally known as Pac-10) each year. In his final season, he had four 200 yard games that helped him record a college career high of 1,805 rushing yards. This was done even after missing two games in the middle of the season due to a dislocated elbow. In his second game back from the injury he looked like he was back to his old self as he ran for 156 yards and a touchdown after being limited to just 13 carries in his first game back.

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Detroit Lions sign Boise St. QB Kellen Moore


BY CHRIS EDWARDS, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore may not have been slected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he was signed by a team shortly afterward. Photo by: Jake Putnam / Flickr

The Detroit Lions went into the NFL draft with no immediate need for a quarterback, but with no third stringer on the roster they could afford to take a late round flyer or sign an undrafted free agent. The Lions took the latter route and signed Boise State signal caller Kellen Moore.

While Moore was disappointed, but not surprised that he wasn’t drafted he is excited for the opportunity to get a shot with the Lions.

“I’m excited, I’m getting my chance in the NFL and that is all that matters,” Moore told NFLDraftScout.com after his agent, David Dunn, reached an agreement with the Lions. 

“We had a lot of contact, a lot of teams, I really don’t even know how many teams, but a lot,” Moore said. “I like our decision. I am eager to get back there.” 

I guess that’s all you can ask for is a chance. In a league where size and arm strength define potential NFL quarterbacks no one looks at the fact that Moore is a winner. He went 50-3 at Boise State and was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in NCAA history (His pass efficiency rating of 168.98 ranks third in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history).

I’m not saying he’s going to be a stud but Moore could be a good developmental quarterback backing up Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill.

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How the West (and East) was Won: A Look at the NBA Playoff Picture


BY MATTHEW VINSKO AND BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writers

If you would have asked us this past summer who we thought would win the NBA Championship, I’m sure we would have had three answers for you: the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder, or the most likely scenario, no champion at all.

With the lockout breathing down the NBA’s neck, it was hard to have realistic expectations for a 2011-12 NBA season.  Though the shortened schedule has led to its share of surprises (I’m looking at you, Utah Jazz), the older mainstays have managed to stay true to form and the young, upcoming teams have seemingly dominated a shorter, more physically daunting schedule (with the exception of the San Antonio Spurs; how does Popovich do it?).

Now that the regular season is over and the match-ups are set, it’s prediction time, and who better to run down the NBA playoffs than two diehard fans?  We will admit our last article was a WWE-themed article, so it’s time to pop our cherry once and for all and tackle a real sport.

Western Conference

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Utah Jazz

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were together for the San Antonio Spurs' last title run and will look to do the same this season. Photo by: Brit / Flickr

Matt: I was a little disheartened to see the Jazz easily dismantle the Phoenix Suns this past Tuesday, breaking the hearts of Phoenix fans while ensuring Utah’s trip to the postseason.  Now that it’s all said and done though, I have a hard time picking either of the two against the Spurs.  Though San Antonio showed last year that one-seeds aren’t unbeatable, I don’t see them losing two years in a row in first-round upsets.  Plus, Utah’s front court players (Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson, and Paul Millsap) aren’t nearly as intimidating as Memphis’ combination of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol a year ago.  Expect a pretty lopsided series in my eyes where the veterans show the young studs a thing or two about postseason basketball.

Winner: San Antonio Spurs in 5

Brett: I spent last Tuesday night at Matt’s house, watching the Suns/Jazz battle it out for a playoff spot while simultaneously writing our Extreme Rules predictions. When the triple zeroes hit and the Suns had lost and missed out on a chance for the final berth, I was left not heartbroken nor happy, but relieved. Because I knew that I would not have to watch the Suns endure a humiliating first round exit to the Spurs, which is what the Jazz will encounter. San Antonio is a deep team, starting with their Big 3 of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili (bleh) and Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward ever. Their bench is young and talented and the late-season acquisitions of Stephen Jackson, Patty Mills and Boris Diaw were solid. The Jazz are young but inexperienced in the playoffs and will have trouble containing the Spurs on both ends of the floor. This one should be a cakewalk for San Antonio.

Winner: Spurs in 5 (more…)


Remaining NHL playoff teams provide new, and better, look


Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne saved 94 percent of the shots he faced in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Photo by: Robert Claypool / Flickr

BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writer

Looking back on my first round NHL predictions, I got five out of the eight series correct in terms of the teams advancing (the Predators, Coyotes, Blues, Rangers and Devils). Out of those predictions, I only hit one on the head (Blues in 5) while I was barely off on the other four except maybe the Rangers, who I had winning in five but needed seven games. I was completely wrong on the Kings/Canucks, Flyers/Penguins and Capitals/Bruins.

But now looking at the second round match-ups, I can honestly say that I am still pleased with the outcomes. Not necessarily because of the games that will be provided, but because looking at the remaining teams gives me great joy because it upsets the established order that has come to define professional hockey in recent years. There are no Red Wings, no Blackhawks, no Penguins, no Bruins and no Canucks. Instead, viewers will get a nice, heavy dose of what people are not used to seeing, for the most part.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft with trades


BY JOHN HUFFSTETLER, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

Every year I make tons of mock drafts only to find out on draft day that it was primarily a large waste of time. These things are just too difficult to predict. There’s always a couple picks (exhibit A, Aldon Smith) that come out of nowhere and usually we see 5-7 trades in the first round alone. I’d say it’s more likely that someone would correctly pick every game in the NCAA tournament three years in a row before someone correctly picked the first round of one NFL draft.

That said, mock drafts are still great because you can make bets with friends, learn about the top prospects, see which teams are in good or bad positions, and narrow down those four or five guys that your team is probably targeting.

So here’s a (hopefully) interesting look at the first round of the draft that begins this Thursday night.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo by: Michael Li / Flickr

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - I don’t think I need to say too much about this one. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever seen and will be one of the next faces of the NFL.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – This is another no-brainer. Perfect fit for Shanahan’s scheme and brings the star power that this franchise desperately needs.

3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC – I think that the Vikings front office will be torn between Kalil and Morris Claiborne. Claiborne is the better prospect in my book, but I think at the end of the day the Vikings will have to take Kalil to help out both Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson. This team is rebuilding, and a franchise left tackle is a must.

4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - I think that the Browns will be intrigued by both Claiborne and Justin Blackmon, but this team needs playmakers more than another shutdown corner and it’s a deep receiver class. The running back position is becoming less and less important in today’s NFL, but Richardson is an elite talent who should have eight Pro Bowl caliber years in him. To me, the Browns have to take him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - Bucs fans are probably praying for Richardson to slip past the Browns, as he could make them one of the scariest offenses in the NFL, but Claiborne is still a great pick. Aqib Talib is talented but unreliable and Ronde Barber is on his last legs. Claiborne projects as a true shutdown corner at the next level. (more…)


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