Posts tagged “Chuck Constantino

Nets overpay for mediocrity in hopes of making playoffs


The Brooklyn Nets traded for former Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (right) in hopes to have enough star power to possibly make the NBA Playoffs next season. Photo by: truthaboutit / Flickr

BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com blogger

In the opening days of the 2012 NBA free agency the Brooklyn Nets have managed to stay on the headlines with the signing of point guard Deron Williams — labeled savior of a new era — trading garbage for what some fans considered garbage, Joe Johnson and the $89 million he’s owed over the next four season.

Nets general manager Billy King for some reason showed Gerald Wallace the money, a move no other franchise would have done, and inked him for $40 million over the next four seasons. All that is left to do, is to re-sign Brook Lopez and I mean, if there is some spare change in the sofa the Nets can pony up to re-sign Kris Humphries, by doing so will push Brooklyn into the luxury tax though.

Bam. There is it. The moment all New Jersey, I mean, Brooklyn Net fans have been waiting for since the 2010 free agency period. They were able to sign an actual star in Deron Williams, well, talent-wise, not personality. By securing Williams the Nets can now focus their attention of winning. Now, I’m not stoked on the Johnson trade (I didn’t want him in 2010, don’t want him now) but, this is a sign that management is determined to put a winner on the court. For once, the Nets made a decision based on winning games, and not how many new fans they can get, although this will help there chances. Johnson’s game can fit very well in a Nets system. Williams has proven to be one of the top point guards in the league, and Johnson could be a big contributor in the regular season, as for the playoffs, no promises. (more…)

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Northern Arizona University graduates trio of Couch Side bloggers


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Couchsideshow.com is pleased to announce that bloggers Chuck Constantino, Trevor Gould and Brett Murdock earned their Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz., last weekend.

Constantino, Murdock and Gould spent the past four years working for the Lumberjack, NAU’s weekly student newspaper. Constantino served as the Lumberjack’s sports editor for two of his four years at NAU while Murdock proved as a solid sports reporter. Gould also served on the Lumberjack staff, covering Arts & Entertainment as well as sports. The pair join other Couch Side bloggers, Stayson Isobe, Matthew Vinsko and myself as other NAU graduates on our staff. I would personally like to thank and congratulate Constantino, Murdock, who earned print journalism degrees, and Gould, who earned a public relations degree, for their work on this website and their accomplishments in the classroom. All of you can now be proud to call yourselves GRADUATES! You’ve earned it.

Here’s a closer look at my experiences with these bloggers: (more…)


Couch Side Podcast — Episode 14: Special Guests Galore


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

Couch Side podcast host Wade McMillin (left) interviewed former Wyoming Cowboys center Adam Waddell in this week’s episode.

After two weeks off (apologies please), Couch Side host Wade McMillin welcomes in guest host Chuck Constantino to discuss the NBA playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback competition and Kyrie Irving winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. Also, Wade has a very special interview with former Wyoming Cowboys center Adam Waddell. The 6-foot-10 Cody, Wyo., native talks about his playing days at the University of Wyoming, his future and what’s ahead for the Mountain West Conference.

Click here to stream/download Couch Side Episode 12  via iTunes

Click here to stream Couch Side Episode 12: NFL Mock Draft via our host site, TalkShoe

Click here to download Couch Side Episode 12: NFL via our host site, TalkShoe

A retro picture of this week’s guest host Chuck Constantino (left) and regular host Wade McMillin.


Couch Side’s 2012 MLB preview/player rankings


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

With the Major League Baseball season just days away, Couchsideshow.com has complied all 13 of its player ranking blogs, putting them in one convenient post for an overall look at the best players in baseball. This is a great post for fantasy rankings and a great way to simply see our prediction of who will be the best of the best in 2012. Just think, you can even come back here maybe midway through the year and comment about how wrong we were. So without any further hold up, here’s the list of links to past blogs about the top players by position in the MLB:

• Catchers by Wade McMillin

• First basemen by Stayson Isobe

• Second basemen by Brett Murdock

• Shortstops by Brett Murdock

• Third basemen by Stayson Isobe

• Left fielders by Wade McMillin

• Center fielders by Brandon Smith

• Right fielders by Wade McMillin

• Designated hitters by Brandon Smith

• Starting pitchers by Trevor Gould

• Setup men by Chuck Constantino

• Closers by Chuck Constantino

 


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


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com writer

No longer will the skipper climb out of the dugout, walk to the mound and signal for the closer in the seventh inning, heck, rarely will they call for him in the eighth. Most guys throw one inning, unless it is an important game, then the closer will get the next game or two off. Either way, closers are the guys who slam the door shut, or are the goat for the night. Here’s a few pitchers who I would call upon in the ninth innings this season.

5. John Axford, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford earned 40-plus saves during his first year as Milwaukee's go-to-guy in the ninth inning. Photo by: Steve Paluch / Flickr

Shoved into the closer role, Axford did not disappoint. He posted 46 saves, 86 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched and blew only two saves. He got stronger after the all-star break and cut down on his walks. His 49 percent ground ball rate helped him record an ERA of 1.95. Although he has Francisco Rodriguez behind him, Axford has proved to be composed. One thing that worries me is his 59 hits given up. He will need to get more swing and misses without the same lineup in Milwaukee. (more…)


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


BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchsideshow.com writer

During the live ball era, the job of pitchers have slowly, but surely changed. No longer is a starter relied on for eight or nine innings a night, and closers do not have to throw three innings. You think they would, given the amount of money closers receive in their contracts.

Now, set-up men and relievers are the bridge from the seventh to the ninth inning, where they hand the ball over to the manager. It’s the dirty work, and too often are these names forgotten, unless you glance over the box score and see the letter ‘H’ next to their names. Here’s a list of the top-5 set-up men in baseball.

5. Eric O’Flaherty, LHP, Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves lefty Eric O'Flaherty makes it tough for opposing teams to beat the Braves at the end of games. Photo by: Paul Kehrer / Flickr

The Atlanta Braves’ bullpen is pretty stacked, and most of the attention is given to Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel. In the 2010-11 season, O’Flaherty appeared in 78 games, and surrendered eight earned runs over 73.2 innings pitched. The right-hander sported a 1.09 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP while recording 32 holds on the year. Considering all the other arms on the team, not too shabby. O’Flaherty is one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball, he’s generated grounders 55.1 percent of the time over past three years combined. He’ll be called upon all season long, if he stays healthy.

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