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2010 October | The Sports Report Girl

Hey, Even The nWo Loses

October 27, 2010 by Mike Cervantes  
Filed under Basketball, NBA Basketball, SRG's Blog

Catch that opening game Miami Heat loss? Of course you did. Rooting against LeBron James is the most American thing to do now that the New York Yankees lost the American League Championship Series and the Dallas Cowboys suck.

Since the NBA’s new Big Three united in July, the Heat have dominated all of the off-season talk. All because of these words: “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”

Former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy predicted Miami would eclipse the Chicago Bulls’ 72-win season. I bet some thought the Heat were bound for an 82-0 season.

Either way, people seem to hate the Miami Heat and comparisons have been made to the creation of the New World Order back in the good, old days of World Championship Wrestling. Good guy Hulk Hogan turned his back on WCW and joined up with cutthroat heels Scott Hall and Kevin Nash (most remember them as Razor Ramon and Diesel of World Wrestling Federation fame).

These three were legitimate superstars who beat up other wrestlers mercilessly, gained popularity, got other wrestlers in WCW to join the nWo cause and beat up whoever didn’t rock the faction’s black and white colors.

LeBron and Dwyane Wade, I could see as superstars. But Chris Bosh, who the hell is this guy? This guy isn’t a superstar. He was the leading scorer on the Raptors, but remember, every team has to have a leading scorer. Bosh is no Hulk Hogan and hasn’t even paid his dues to be on Hall or Nash level.

Nash won the world title and went up against the likes of Hogan, Undertaker, Bret “the Hitman” Hart and Shawn Michaels. Hall never won an individual world title, but he was the winner of one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time: the first ladder match in history against Michaels.

What has Bosh done? He was part of the 2008 Olympic “Redeem Team” that won the gold medal. Then again, so was Michael Redd and Tayshaun Prince, would you call those guys superstars? Bosh led the Toronto Raptors, whose greatest claim to fame was losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the playoffs in 2001, in scoring and rebounding (24 points and almost 11 rebounds per game).

I guess Bosh gets the Hall role.

That leaves Wade in the Nash role, which is unusual since D-Wade is the only player in the Big Three with a championship ring.
James is the Hogan role, cause let’s be honest, he’s the baddest dude to put on a jersey in the league. Kobe Bryant is the most clutch in playoff time and Kevin Durant’s youth and potential may one day dethrone the King, but LeBron is too nice.
He’s one of the faces of the league. Love him or hate him, he can ball. Despite the nWo’s dominance, they lost every now and then.

Even Hogan, whose most famous defeat as a member of the nWo was against Sting, who no longer looked like the Ultimate Warrior, but an exact replica of the Crow. If he carried a baseball bat around.

This classic match took place at Starrcade 1997. It had tremendous pre-match hype and great intros.

Hogan lost and it was like, “damn, why didn’t the nWo just cheat to win?”

A lot of people think Miami cheated to get its players. The Heat did nothing wrong. In fact, the Big Two (plus Bosh) all took less money so they could play together.

So what if they lost the opener against Boston? If you haven’t noticed, the Celtics are a loaded team that came within a quarter of winning the championship.

Trust me, Miami will have games in which it wins handily. And one day, the Heat may win 72 games or more. It’s not that difficult. Two teams came within five games in the last decade without even trying (2000 Lakers and 2007 Mavericks, both with 67 wins).

A real conspiracy would be another legitimate superstar taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat. Until then, I’ll just wait for a Miami Heat T-shirt to come out in the likeness of those old nWo T-shirts everyone had. Root against the Heat all you want, they’ll do just fine with or without your hate.

2010′s Top College Quarterbacks

October 5, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

College Football's Top QuarterbacksWatching just the first five weeks of this college football season, I legitimately believe this could be the best class of quarterbacks since 2004. And honestly, I think this class will be better than 2004. By my count, there are no less than five guys who could easily go in the first round.

Before the season began, my top six quarterbacks list looked like this:

Kellen Moore
Jacory Harris
Landry Jones
Matt Barkley
Ryan Mallett
John Brantley

I know, right. John Brantley sucks. The worst part of watching Brantley stink up the joint this season has been how incredibly Cam “Lootin” Newton has played. My top five QBs going into week five were:

Andrew Luck
Terelle Pryor
Landry Jones
Greg McElroy
Kellen Moore
“Lootin” Newton

I thought I had everything figured out going into last week…and then last week happened. My new list goes:

Greg McElroy
Denard Robinson
Kellen Moore
Terelle Pryor
“Lootin” Newton
Landry Jones

The craziest part of my new QB list is how close everything is. The top three guys are absolutely the three leaders for the Heisman this season – or at least they should be.

I’m not sure how it is that no one is talking about how amazing the Alabama offense is this year. They could legitimately have six first round draft picks next April, just on offense – McElroy, RB Mark Ingram, RB Trent Richardson, WR Julio Jones, LT James Carpenter and LG Barrett Jones.

I knew McElroy was good, but he’s been beyond good this year. Anyone who is putting Ingram ahead of him on the Heisman list just isn’t watching the games. McElroy doesn’t have the stats, just 983 yards passing and 7 touchdowns with 3 interceptions, but his play has been what’s taken Bama’s offense to the next level.

Typically when you say a quarterback “manages” the game, you mean that he sucks, but he doesn’t screw things up. McElroy actually manages the game in the sense that he controls games and does exactly what his team needs. When his team needed him to throw the ball against Arkansas, he lit it up. When they needed him to control the clock in the second half against Florida, he made every play. He is amazing to watch. I hate him. I hate him so much.

Denard Robinson has been stupid, filthy good. In five games as a starter, he already owns the top three offensive performances in the history of the program. And this is the University of Michigan we’re talking about not, Eastern Michigan or Western or South Central.

Kellen Moore is doing what everyone thought he would. No more, no less. The sad thing is, what everyone expected him to do is be spectacular and he’s been spectacular and is getting no credit for it.

Pryor has been great, but he still hasn’t played a meaningful game.

“Lootin” Newton is throwing every ball like it’s a laptop out of his bedroom window. He’s running the ball like the Gainesville police are always after him. I’m starting to hate him too.

Landry Jones may be having the greatest under-the-radar season ever. In five games, 1457 yards, 64 percent completion rate, 11 touchdowns and just three picks. And no one is talking about him.

This football season is going to be amazing.

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