Archive for November, 2012

Quick Read: Bart Scott disses heckling Jets fans

BY GLENN ERBY, syndication

Jets fans are like most fans in NFL stadiums around the league. 

New York Jets lineback Bart Scott. Photo by: Marianne O’Leary / Flickr

They are passionate about their team, and use the excuse of being passionate whenever they cross the line. The Jets players were serenaded with boo’s and other profane language as they walked to the locker room  at the half of their humiliating loss to the Patriots.

Jets boisterous linebacker Bart Scott has a message for those same fans via the New York Daily News, and it’s not very kind.

“At the end of the day, if you made it to be able to put an NFL uniform on, then you are one of the best athletes in the world,” Scott told the Daily News. “The person yelling at you probably was picked last in dodgeball all through high school. So do you care about the opinion of them? No.”
Scott’s comments were in response to a Deadspin video that showed those same loyal Jets fans letting their team have it in a not so nice way. Scott continued on to describe what it’s like dealing with Jets fans.
“That’s what we always get. We get stuff like that all the time,” he said. “Trust me, that’s not out of the ordinary. You get that behind our bench while we are playing. Trust me, there’s been worse stuff said behind there.”
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Braves first to pull the Free Agent trigger with Upton signing


The Atlanta Braves signed B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75 million deal Wednesday afternoon. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

The MLB hot stove has heaten up early this offseason.

The Toronto Blue Jays started the late-fall flames with their blockbuster deal that picked up any sort of talent the Miami Marlins still had. Then Toronto struck again, signing 2012 MLB All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who will be fresh off a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. The rest of the young offseason has already seen a plethora of re-signings and small-end swaps to keep fans interested enough to care.

Just two months into this uncharacteristic MLB offseason things have been exciting without a top name free agent finding a new home. With names like Josh Hamilton, and Zack Greinke on the market, it’s unusual Free Agency hasn’t been the talk of this early offseason buzz. But all of that may have ended Wednesday afternoon when the Atlanta Braves struck a deal with B.J. Upton, who is considered the top free agent center fielder.  (more…)

Approved lease agreement provides relief for Glendale, Coyote fans

The Phoenix Coyotes could be in the desert for another 20 years after a lease agreement was reached this week. Photo by: M P R / Flickr


May 5, 2009 and November 27, 2012. Two separate dates that in the 3 years, 6 months and 23 days in between spawned years of turmoil, uncertainty, cheap shots, internet arguments, and countless other immature, childish and un-endearing incidents.

I’m of course talking about the Phoenix Coyotes and their recent struggles off the ice. The two dates are very closely related. The May 5 date is when then-team owner Jerry Moyes plunged the financially-troubled franchise into bankruptcy and created a maelstrom of everything listed above. Fast forward to the November 27 date and the dust has now appeared to settle after the City of Glendale approved a 20-year lease agreement with prospective, and likely, owner Greg Jamison, hopefully ending years of unpredictability.

Its amazing that it took just over three-and-a-half years for a professional sports team to finally be on the brink (and not yet) sold, but the situation with the Coyotes was not exactly what one would call normal. First off, Arizona, mainly the Phoenix-Metro is not exactly a hockey hotbed due to the desert climate. Secondly, the NHL were caught up in numerous legal battles with Moyes, previous Blackberry CEO Jim Balsillie (who wanted to move the team to Canada way back in 2009), the hacks at the Goldwater Institute (a watchdog group with an interest to protect taxpayers, but yet weren’t elected…). Third, potential deals with sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf (owner of Chicago’s Bulls and White Sox), the Ice Edge Holdings group (still a laughingstock on numerous message boards) and Matthew Hulsizer (who actually had an agreement ready to go, but was summarily blocked by the aforementioned Institute) collapsed faster than the WWE SmackDown ring when Brock Lesnar superplexed Big Show in 2002 (see below).


Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: 49ers offense provides boost


We are now three quarters of the way through the 2012 NFL season; five weeks now remain and things are getting interesting as teams hit the home stretch. Division races are starting to clear up, but wild card races in both conferences are still highly contested. With that here are your week thirteen NFL power rankings:

(Last week’s ranking), Team, (record)

1. (1) Houston Texans (10-1)- The Texans won their second overtime game in five days, beating the Lions 34-31 on Thursday. Their defense the last two weeks has proven to be very vulnerable, especially in the passing game, but Matt Schaub and the Texans offense have overcame their deficits, putting up superb numbers in both weeks.

2. (2)Atlanta Falcons (10-1)-The Falcons won another close one, ousting the Buccaneers 24-23 on Sunday. Julio Jones proved to be the difference catching six passes for 147 yards and a touchdown; showing that when healthy he is almost unstoppable.

3. (5) San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) – With Colin Kaepernick making his second straight start, he and the Niners provided a dominant performance downing the Saints 31-21. The question now is will that performance earn him the starting spot over Alex Smith for the remainder of the season.

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Have Opponents Figured Out the Houston Texans?

BY MIKE WOOD, syndication

With a couple of lackluster wins during the past two weeks, some NFL teams seam to have figured out the one-loss Houston Texans. Photo by: Brit / Flickr

The Houston Texans currently hold the AFC’s best record at 10-1, also tied for the top record in the NFL. However, as the Texans continue to pile up wins, their opponents continue to bring their “A” game in hopes of playing spoiler and knocking off a legit Super Bowl contender. The past two weeks, the Texans have put together a pair of thrilling, hard fought, close overtime victories, but against poor competition in the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions. This begs the question, are the Texans simply going through a bit of a midseason slump, or have opponents figured out the formula to defeat them?

The answer to this question might be a little bit of both. Coming down the home stretch of the regular season, the Texans are virtually a lock to simply make the playoffs (were one Dolphins loss away from actually clinching Sunday), the AFC South divisional crown seems in hand baring a complete late season collapse, and the Texans are still in great position to take the AFC’s top seed with a one game lead over the second place Baltimore Ravens and tiebreakers with those Ravens and AFC West division leading Denver Broncos.

It would appear the Texans have a little room to slump, maybe due to a lack of motivation. The NFL season is long and the Texans, like most other teams, are pretty banged up. It’s understandable if the Texans didn’t mentally prepare for the Jags or Lions the same way they might for the Ravens or Broncos, especially considering their aforementioned lead in the standings. If this was definitively the case, then there wouldn’t be much worry because fans have seen the Texans turn it on and win almost every big game they’ve played in this season (minus their one loss of course). The game in two weeks against the New England Patriots will confirm or deny the claim that the Texans are simply playing down to their competition due to a lack of motivation. (more…)

NBA Power Rankings: Week Four


NBA Power Rankings (week four) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. Memphis Grizzlies (1) – Memphis is going to stay at the top of my power rankings this week. They are the hottest team in the league going 9-1 their last 10 games, with a loss to Denver. 4 of their starters are averaging 15 points, and Zach Randolph is averaging an amazing 5 offensive rebounds a game. That is a lot of extra possessions to get points on the board.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (4) – The Thunder are starting to mesh better after the roster shake up at the beginning of the year. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games with a nice win against the Clippers this week.

3. San Antonio Spurs (2) – The Spurs won two tough road games this week, one at Boston and one at Indiana. The have 6 guys who are averaging around 10 points a game. They use their bench more than anybody in league that should help those old legs of their stars stay fresh.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Western Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Eastern Conference

1. New York Knicks (1) – The Knicks are still on top of the East. They had two road losses this week but I’m not ready to move them down. I really like how they are playing, and I believe they are the Heat’s biggest threat.

2. Miami Heat (2) – The Heat are number 2 because they have one loss against their own conference. New York and Miami each are undefeated at home, they each are 4-3 on the road, and undefeated in their own divisions. New York however is 6-0 in the East compared to 5-1 for Miami.

3. Brooklyn Nets (3) – The Nets went 2-2 this week. I am a little concerned about the Nets. Brook Lopez is their leading scorer. I believe that needs to change for them to be a contender. Joe Johnson should be that guy. They also need to become a better rebounding team.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Eastern Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Couch Side Podcast Episode 37: Football Frenzy

This week’s show had a heap of guests including Andy Paul (from left) Craig Paul, Wade McMillin and Sean Schoonover.

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In this week’s episode of the Couch Side podcast, regular hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul welcome special guests Andy Paul and Sean Schoonover back to the show to discuss a plethora of football topics. The whole gang talk about Week 11 of the NFL season, the state of the Pittsburgh Steelers and share some useful Fantasy Football advice. In this week’s Big Picture, the Couch Side panel finally tackles some college football, discussing possible NCAA Division I National Championship matchups and hopefuls for the Heisman Trophy. To get started listening to the Couch Side podcast, click below:

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Josh Hamilton’s life to be turned into a movie

BY JOHN BOARMAN, syndication   

Josh Hamilton’s rise to the big leagues will be on the silver screen within the next few year. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

It was only a matter of time. Josh Hamilton’s journey to the major leagues will be detailed in an upcoming movie from Relativity Media.

Relativity has a deal with Hamilton, along with a deal for Casey Affleck to write and direct the picture, according to Deadline.

Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk will produce along with The Walsh Company’s Kevin Walsh. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena will executive produce and Hamilton and his wife Katie will co-produce along with Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed. 

Relativity has also closed a deal for rights to the book that Hamilton co-authored according to Deadline. The book titled ‘Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back’ was published in 2010.

The story of Hamilton will likely center around his struggle with drugs and his eventual return to baseball after being kicked out for three full  years. (more…)

NBA Power Rankings: Week Three


Western Conference

1. Memphis Grizzlies (4) – Memphis is playing the best basketball in the league right now. They have beaten the Heat, the Thunder, and the Knicks so far this early season. Gay, Gasol, and Randolph are all playing well, this team really looks like a contender.

2. San Antonio Spurs (2) – The Spurs are just a sold basketball team. I would not be surprised if they ended up with the best record in the league this year. They have 12 players who are getting 10 minutes or more. That is rare to see in the NBA, I believe this is going to help them down the stretch.

3. L.A. Clippers (3) – Lob City is for real. This team will be very good at the end of the season. They have beaten all the good teams, Miami, Lakers, Spurs, and Memphis. Most of their games have been at home, they have a tough 4 game road trip this week. We will see how well Lob City can travel.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Western Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat (1) – After I watched them play Boston the first game of the year, I thought that they were unbeatable. Against Boston they got 29 points from D-Wade, 26pts and 10 rebounds from Lebron, 19pts and 10reb from Bosh, and 19 points off the bench from Ray Allen. If they can continue to get this production, they might break the record for wins in a season.

2. Chicago Bulls (2) – The Bulls haven’t showed me anything to lower themselves in the Power Rankings. They are getting good production from their starters, everybody but Kirk Hinrich is averaging over 11. Noah is averaging nearly 15pts, and 9 rebounds. Once Derrick Rose comes back they could win the east.

3. Indiana Pacers (3) – All of their starters are averaging over 10 pts. They are also getting 10 pts off the bench from Lance Stephenson and Tyler Hansbrough. If they can continue to get this kind of production they will be just fine. They will be dangerous by the endo of the season.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Eastern Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Can the Dallas Mavericks survive the absence of Dirk Nowitzki?

BY BARBIE CLAY, syndication 

Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitski hasnt played a game yet this season after undergoing knee surgery during the offseason. Photo by: Victor Escandon / Flickr

We all hope and pray that our teams can survive the hurdles that are placed in front of them and the Dallas Mavericks are no different than any other team. When it was made known that Dirk Nowitzki was going to have to have knee surgery, everyone in the media jumped on the crappy bandwagon and bashed the Mavericks and said that there was no way they would make it without Dirk.

Well, the Mavericks had something to prove  and they started out that very way. They took the opener of the season in Los Angeles and faced the heavily favored Lakers and was able to escape with a victory, and a nice one at that. Then they travelled to Utah the very next night and took a thumping against the Jazz, but there again, the Mavericks have taken thumpings from Utah before and that was with Dirk in the lineup, even if he got ejected  during the course of some of the games; face it, Utah doesn’t like Dirk at all.

So we started the young season 1-1 with a relatively new team since when you put the team on the court  and the only returning players are Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Branden Wright. You have a new point guard, shooting guard, power forward/center (depending on where Wright plays), so to start your game, it’ s a brand new lineup, but I think they worked well together, but there again we were facing teams that was in that category of “teams that you should beat”. (more…)

Couch Side’s Week 11 Power Rankings

Editor’s note: Normally you can access Couch Side’s MLB, NBA and NFL Power Rankings by visiting the “Power Rankings” Tab on the top of this website, but we will now make them posts as well for even more access. However, we will only show the top three in a post and you have to access the rest by clicking on the tab above. Don’t forget to check out our NBA Power Rankings by Jordan Wheeler at the top of this page. 


The Texans take over the top spot in this week’s NFL power rankings thanks to their victory over the Bears and the Falcons loss to the Saints. In week 10 we also saw four teams lose their starting quarterbacks to injury and our first tie game since 2008. With that here are your week eleven NFL power rankings:

(Last week’s ranking), Team, (record)

  1. (2) Houston Texans (8-1)- The Texans take over the top spot and do it with style. They went into Chicago, forced four turnovers and knocked Jay Cutler out of the game. If defense wins Championships, then this team has a very strong bid this year.
  2. (1)Atlanta Falcons (8-1)-The Falcons are dethroned from the top spot for the first time this season. Their inability to establish a run game was a major issue in their loss to the Saints on Sunday and will continue to be if adjustments are not made. However, given the big lead they have in their division, there is no reason this team doesn’t win the NFC South.
  3. (3)Chicago Bears (7-2) – The Chicago Bears lost a tough one to the Texans and lost Jay Cutler in the process. The Bears could lose some ground in the division if he is sidelined for any extended period of time. Last year in games without Cutler the Bears were 1-5, so his presence is a necessity if they want to win the division.

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Miami Marlins are back to their old ways after latest “fire sale”


After playing just one season with the Miami Marlins, shortstop Jose Reyes was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by: Paul Hadsall / Flickr

A year and two days ago, the team formerly known as the Florida Marlins officially began the rebranding of itself by formally changing its name to the Miami Marlins. Out were the old colors of teal, silver and white and in came flashy new uniforms doused in orange with yellow and blue. They left their digs at Sun Life Stadium or as I knew it, Pro Player Stadium, to the Dolphins and they moved into the new Marlins Park, equipped with an aquarium, nightclub and an interesting home run sculpture in left center.

The rebranded Miami Marlins were supposed to be more conducive to the South Beach lifestyle and the hope was they could finally establish themselves as a bonafide Major League Baseball team.

The fact that they still needed to establish themselves as a bonafide professional baseball franchise is a problem in itself. There’s no reason that a franchise that has won two World Series titles in the last 16 years should even be in this situation. The Marlins’ two championships are only rivaled by the Red Sox, Cardinals and Giants – each of whom have won two titles each in the same span – and the Yankees, who have won four. And nobody is questioning the legitimacy of those four franchises.

Ok maybe the Red Sox at the moment, but they have Bobby V to blame.

Yet despite the championship success, let’s just say the Marlins weren’t a star attraction. Prior to moving to Marlins Park, the previous Florida Marlins ranked dead-last among all National League teams in home attendance every year from 2006-2011. Even in 2003, the year they won their most recent World Series title, they were 15th out of 16 NL teams.

Hence, all of this led to the rebranding – the Miami Marlins era. Along with the new stadium, the frugal ownership made a splash at the Winter Meetings just week after they unveiled their new home. In came Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle and Heath Bell all for a total price tag of $193 million. Reyes received the longest and most lucrative contract in franchise history. Ozzie Guillen was brought in to manage a ball club with high expectations all of a sudden. (more…)

Couch Side Podcast Episode 36: A New Sheriff in Town

Newly appointed Los Angles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni was the main focus on this weeks episode of the Couch Side Podcast. Photo by: Bryan Horowitz / Flickr

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The Couch Side team is back in the same studio this week as hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul record the podcast face to face for the first time in five weeks. The hosts review Week 10 of the NFL, preview Week 11’s games and share some Fantasy Football tips. Special guest Chuck Constantino also joined the conversation, sharing his opinion on the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching change. Cloick below to start streaming downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Podcast:

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Mike Holmgren wants to coach the Dallas Cowboys

BY JOHN BOARMAN, syndication

Mike Holmgren. Photo by: Erik Drost / Flickr

Mike Holmgren wants to coach again. While Holgren was unable to turn around the Cleveland Browns the former coach apparently wants to try again in Dallas.’s Jason La Canfora told “The NFL Today” on Sunday that Holmgren — after his unsuccessful stint as president of the Browns — has “serious interest” in coaching the Dallas Cowboys. Of course this would require that the Cowboys fire Jason Garrett.

The Cowboys position is attractive to Holmgrem because of the talent on the roster. Holgren is also sa id to have a good relationship with team owner Jerry Jones.

There is no indication from the Cowboys how much interest they would have in hiring Holmgren who previous coached the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. (more…)

Braves need an active offseason to avoid irrelevancy


Outfielder Cody Ross would be a good fit for the Atlanta Braves next year. Photo by: Keith Allison / Flickr

Its been 19 years since the Atlanta Braves have entered the offseason without Chipper Jones on their roster.

Without Jones, the Braves have lost a little spunk on paper. Sure, he didn’t hit 40 homers or rack up 130 RBIs in a single season, but now that Jones is gone, Atlanta lacks that superstar image. Brian McCann seems as if he is out the door and Braves fans are still waiting to see a breakout year from Jason Heyward. Yes, Freddie Freeman is on the rise and the club’s pitching is as strong as it was in the days of Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine, but Atlanta can’t have its usual sleep offseason this year.

The Braves clearly have some holes in their lineup. Martin Prado will likely move to third base to fill some enormous shows, leaving a vacancy in left field. It’s also almost certain that Atlanta — given Fran Wren’s previous offseasons — won’t resign center fielder Michael Bourn, which seriously hinders the Braves’ playoff chances for next year. It’s clear that Atlanta has some areas to adress this winter. Fans just have to pray that Wren is a little more active than he has been in years past.

This year’s free agent class, headlined by Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke, is a bit weak this year, but there’s still some very attractive options the Braves should consider. As an Atlanta fan, here are some viable courses of action the Braves could try to reach the Fall Classic next year:

Corner Outfielder

• Free Agent options: There are two guys I believe the Braves will take a serious look at this winter. I have been a huge proponent for the Braves to sign Nick Swisher and this is finally the year that they can do it. Given, Swisher has never played for a National League team, the change of scenery could perhaps put some new life into the veteran’s bat. Swisher is starting to hit for more contact and the power is definitely  still there. Atlanta has been hungry for a power hitter for years. Swisher would be a perfect fit, if he is willing to play left field. The other obvious outfielder Atlanta should think hard about is Cody Ross. Since shining for the San Francisco Giants in their World Series run a few years back, Ross has seem to come into his own. The 31-year-old stuggles a bit as a contact hitter, but like Swisher, he can hit for power, too. I believe Ross’ power numbers will only climb as it seems he is beginning to enter his prime. If Atlanta can sign him, Ross could adress a big area of need right away. (more…)

Walt Weiss takes over as Colorado Rockies manager

BY IAN PALMER, syndication

Former major league shortstop Walt Weiss was named the manager of the Colorado Rockies this week. Photo by: Social Responsibility / Flickr

The Colorado Rockies have hired former shortstop Walt Weiss as the Major League ball club’s new manager. The National League team announced the signing on Nov. 7 and he replaces Jim Tracy, who resigned from the position following the regular season on Oct. 7. Tracy still had a year to go on his contract at a salary of $1.4 million.

Weiss broke into the Majors with the Oakland A’s back in 1988 when he was awarded the Rookie of the Year award in the American League. He played with Colorado between 1994 and 1997 and between 2002 and 2008 he was a special assistant to Dan O’Dowd, the club’s general manager.

Weiss left the team to enjoy more family time and was the coach of Regis Jesuit High School’s baseball team last season. He led the school to a record of 20-6 and made the semifinals in its division of the state championship.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ third-base coach Matt Williams was also a top candidate for the position which became vacant when Tracy left the club after its worst ever season. It was reported that Colorado first baseman Jason Giambi and bench coach Tom Runnells were also interviewed for the job.  (more…)

Damian Lillard will not be pushed around

BY KYLE BOGGS, syndication

Blazer fans, welcome your new fearless leader, Damian Lillard.

The buzz around Lillard grew throughout the summer, into camp and more during the preseason. Then, in a season-opening win over the LA Lakers, it boiled over even more. It’s for good reason – the No. 6 overall pick scored 23 points and had 11 assists in his professional debut. That’s great.

But that wasn’t his biggest contribution. He came through the biggest on what was probably his worst decision of the night. And it was a missed shot.

It came early in the game when the 6-3, 195-pound Lillard tried to dunk over the hulking 6-11, 265-pound Dwight Howard. Lillard got stuffed, fell to the ground and the ball went out of bounds.

This play, this one unspectacular offensive play, proved to everyone in Portland that Damian Lillard is here to play ball and he is not backing down from anyone. He saw an opportunity and he tried to seize it. Sure, the smarter play is to float the ball over Howard. But it was the rookie’s first game and he wanted to make a statement – he wanted Howard on a poster. (more…)

Couch Side Podcast Episode 35: And the award goes to …

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Baseball season may be over, but the postseason awards are just days away and in this week’s show, the Couch Side gives its predictions for the MLB’s top individual awards. The hosts also review Week Nine of the NFL and preview Week 10. Couch Side then wraps up with even more Fantasy Football advice. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Show podcast:

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