Archive for June, 2012

Blazers put Big Sky conference on the map, select Lillard


BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com blogger

Founded in 1963, the Big Sky Conference consists of nine public collegiate institutions situated all over the western region of the United States.

Notable conference members include Weber State, Montana State, Portland State, Northern Arizona, and Eastern Washington. Constantly in the shadow of larger and grander collegiate sporting conferences, the Big Sky Conference isn’t known for producing a large crop of athletes ready to compete at the professional level. Yet last night at the 2012 NBA Draft, Weber State’s coveted point guard Damian Lillard found himself ascending center stage as the Portland Trailblazer’s sixth overall pick, the third Big Sky basketball player in the history of the conference ever to be selected in the first round of an NBA Draft. (more…)


The Rockets should’ve, could’ve and would’ve on Draft Day


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

If you watched the NBA Draft on Thursday night, odds were you had to wake yourself up on a few different occasions.

There were no mega deals, veterans to new teams or huge surprises. It was just a basic, boring draft. Every year the NBA Draft usually has some sort of spunk, but 2012’s was a snoozer. And one team was especially quiet despite doing everything imaginable to make some noise prior to the draft.

Call me crazy, but weren’t the Houston Rockets supposed to turn themselves into the fantastic franchise they once were in the days of Hakeem Olajuwon? It seemed during the days approaching the draft the Rockets were geared up to do so and had the appropriate arsenal to rebuild in just one offseason. So what happened? Here’s a list of Houston’s mistakes during the NBA Draft and in the short-lived offseason, so far.

• Missing out on Howard

Despite their best efforts, the Houston Rockets couldn’t obtain Dwight Howard during the NBA Draft. Photo by: Kenyaboy7 / Flickr

I thought the reason the Rockets made trades for all of these picks was to obtain Dwight Howard. And hell, they probably could’ve had Superman. The only problem was that D12 doesn’t want to play for Houston, which probably spoiled a lot of the team’s plans for this season’s draft.

What boggles my mind is why Howard doesn’t want to play for the Rockets. This is a franchise that once was one of the greatest teams in the NBA and has tried just about everything to regain that image for the past two seasons. Houston can’t, however, because marquee players don’t want to play there for some reason. It seems to me that Houston is a basketball town. The days of Hakeen, Clyde the Glide and Charles Barkey are over, but lately the front office has made valiant efforts to land superstars — more than one.

Last season, the Rockets tried to obtain Pau Gasol and the trade fell through, mainly because NBA commisioner David Stern didn’t want Chris Paul to join the Lakers. So what how did the Rockets respond? They finished out the shortened 2012 campaign, missing the playoffs and decided to aim high, really high this offseason. (more…)


Why should we care: Chapman literally goes head over heels


Bloggers from Couchsideshow.com are constantly reading some pretty silly headlines from all across the wide world of sports. Whether it’s about an athlete being seen at a mall or an irrelevant trade, the fact is, someone has written about it. Sometimes these “stories” are annoying. Sometime they are entertaining. So we’ve decided to take a look at three of these headlines and make a weekly blog: “Why should we care?” Enjoy part one of the ongoing series … 

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman does double somersaults after save: Some fans (especially Brewers faithful) are loudly screaming foul after witnessing reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman show off his tumbling skills Tuesday night. In fact, it pissed off Milwaukee players, Reds manager Dusty Baker and even Chapman’s Cincinnati teammates. I guess there is a law out against having fun. We’ve all seen boring handshakes after a closer puts another one in the books. So why not spice things up a little bit? I mean Chapman is a young player, who needed to brighten his own spirits after having himself a pretty bad month of shutting down games. Chapman hasn’t pitched like himself in the month of June, blowing three saves and taking a loss in his last 10 games. While his post-save actions may have been considered bush league, it’s nice to see a player show a little bit of life, especially in a slow sport like baseball. We would like to show you a full video of what he did, but YouTube was at least able to provide some response videos with some pictures. See below to check it out:

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Couch Side Podcast — Episode 20: NBA Special


Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin (left) and Craig Paul talk about the NBA Finals this week and take on Couch Side’s official NBA Mock Draft.

BY Couchsideshow.com staff

The Couch Side Podcast celebrates its 20th episode with a show that’s almost entirely about the NBA. Hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul discuss the Miami Heat’s second championship and perform an NBA Mock Draft all in one episode. Then in Quick Snippets, our hosts answer a question from the mailbag about how much wood a woodchuck would chuck, grunting in tennis and Michael Vick and Pacman Jones addressing NFL rookies. Click below to stream, download or subscribe to the Couch Side Podcast …

Click here to stream/download Couch Side Episode 20: NBA Special  via iTunes

Click here to stream Couch Side Episode 19: NBA Special via our host site, TalkShoe

Click here to download Couch Side Episode 19: NBA Special via our host site TalkShoe


Why so much Fantasy hate for Michael Turner?


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner had the third most rushing yards in the NFL last season. Photo by: David Smith / Flickr

With Fantasy Football quickly approaching, it’s not a surprise to see NFL player rankings all across the wide world web.

From the experts themselves, Fantasy managers will be bombarded with a plethora of information on who to take in the first rounds of their respective drafts. Some will say, Tom Brady is a lock for MVP this season; while others are betting Maurice Jones-Drew will have a repeat performance of an incredible 2011 season. So how much are we supposed to buy into these early predictions?

From my experience, stay on your own and just go with your gut. I let the analysts from ESPN, Yahoo Sports! and even Twitter dictate too much of my draft last year, which resulted in me selecting Houston Texans running back Arian Foster with the No. 1 overall pick and later trading him straight up for Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in Week One.

Why did do this? Because the analysts told me so. Everyone was scared of Arian Foster’s legs. And while it did have him sidelined for the first few weeks, his return was nothing short of spectacular. So I’ve decided not to listen to the so called experts when it comes to draft time this Fantasy Football season, especially when it comes to running back Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons. (more…)


Braves Interested in Cubs’ Dempster and Garza


Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster has drawn a lot of interest from teams as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches with his 2.11 ERA. Photo by: Joselito Tagarao / Flickr

BY JOHN MCCULLOUGH, Feedcrossing.com syndication 

With the recent loss of Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery, the Atlanta Braves‘ rotation is currently a question mark.

The Braves are rumored to be interested in Chicago Cubs‘ starters Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. Garza earns $9.5MM this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason. He currently has a 4.07 ERA, but he is still only 28 years old and has a 3.85 career ERA.

Dempster is 35 years old and has a 2.11 ERA this season. He is in the final year of a four-year contract with the Cubs. He has a career 4.33 ERA.

The Braves’ starting rotation currently has the fourth-worst ERA in the National League. Those numbers include Beachy, who was the major league leader in earned run average. Tommy Hanson is the only pitcher with above average numbers at the moment. Tim Hudson has had an up-and-down season thus far and will likely be pitching with ankle soreness for the remainder of the year. (more…)


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