inothernews:

During and after his bullshit press conference today, NFL Commissioner Roger “What Tape?  I Didn’t see No Tape!” Goodell got totally shit on — deservedly so — by former and current NFL players.  And it didn’t go unnoticed that while he apologized to the league itself, not a word of apology went out to the victims of domestic violence or child abuse.

Not for nothin’ but I find it interesting that the Commissioner went out of his way to say that changes to the NFL’s policies on its players not acting like assholes were going to be in place by the “Super Bowl” — because 1) branding! Mention the Super Bowl whenever possible!  In front of an NFL step and repeat banner during a nationally televised press conference, of course!!! PROTECT THE BRAND!!!  and 2) why shouldn’t they take five months to address what they can in five fucking days?

(Photo: Howard Simmons / New York Daily News)

ghdos:

The home team is coming back in 2014 baby! We were never going to prosper as Bobcats.

ghdos:

The home team is coming back in 2014 baby! We were never going to prosper as Bobcats.

gotemcoach:

THE WORST DUNK OF ALL-TIME

The Worst Dunk in the History of the NBA’s All-Star Dunk Contest is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Baron Davis’ Blindfolded Sham.  A breakdown:

Figure 1:  Baron’s headband/”blindfold” clearly has two holes cut for his eyes, but he can’t line them up correctly on his face.  You can’t even really call that a blindfold.  It’s more of a white, cotton Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask.  Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Missadunko.

To make matters worse, Kenny Smith, who called the contest for TNT, caught Baron just before his attempt, laughing,

"Look at that hole. I can see your hole, big guy."

Figure 2:  This is what aired live, on national television.  Baron clearly misses, as the hoop and net never move.  Not an inch.

It’s hysterical to imagine an NBA player taking a ball, jumping, and throwing it straight into the ground.

What followed was great television.  Cuttino Mobley, Stromile Swift and Quentin Richardson were aghast.  His Airness, Michael Jordan, disapproved from his luxury box, and Baron Davis, himself seemed shocked by the performance.

Figure 3:  This replay never made air that night, or since.  It was however used during the credits of what I must assume was an NBA’s Greatest Bloopers VHS tape.

Here you really get an appreciation for exacty how far away Davis was from actually completing the dunk  It’s important to remember this all took place in a competition where people are judged on their ability to dunk basketballs.

Hats off to you, Baron Davis.  As far as I’m concerned, this mega-whiff is right up there beside Jordan’s Free-Throw Dunk, Dominique’s Windmill, and Vince Carter’s entire 2000 repertoire for Most Memorable Dunk of All-Time.

#GotEmCoach

thebasketballobsession:

Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the FIBA Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.
James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelona for the round of 16. They will face the Dominican Republic on Wednesday before wrapping up Group C play on Thursday against Ukraine.
#theBasketballObsession   

thebasketballobsession:

Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the FIBA Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.

James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelona for the round of 16. They will face the Dominican Republic on Wednesday before wrapping up Group C play on Thursday against Ukraine.

#theBasketballObsession   

nflfanpoint:

Five First-Round Picks With Rookie of the Year Potential

1. Jadeveon Clowney- OLB, Texans

This one is a given. The guy is a monster athlete and can make a big difference in the NFL right away. With J.J. Watt rushing the passer as well, Clowney could have many opportunities to get to opposing quarterbacks.

With the former South Carolina star standing up as a linebacker in situations, he will be able to get to the quarterback faster than ever. Even with all the criticism Clowney has received, this guy is a special player and will contribute to Houston right away.

2. Sammy Watkins- WR, Bills

The Bills traded up to get Watkins, and they will be rewarded for it this season. Watkins is the ultimate package at receiver. While he doesn’t have the size that Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin has, he is still able to catch the deep pass or the endzone toss because of his speed and leaping ability.

Watkins could have a big year because he is the guy in Buffalo now. The Bills made it clear that he would be the main target when they traded up for him. With Stevie Johnson out, Watkins will need to have a big season to help E.J. Manuel’s development as a quarterback.

3. Brandin Cooks- WR, Saints

Cooks was one of the most underrated players in the draft this season. He was one of the best college receivers a year ago, but he still fell to New Orleans late in the first round.

With Drew Brees at quarterback, this guy could have a really big year. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Brees are all guys that can make average receivers look great. In this case, Cooks has elite talent and having Brees at quarterback will only make him better. He has looked solid so far this preseason.

4. Aaron Donald- DL, Rams

Donald was another steal in the draft because of how dominant he was last season in college. The Rams have a really good defensive line with Chris Long, Michael Brockers, and Robert Quinn, and new additions Donald and Michael Sam should make this the best d-line in the league.

In his first preseason game, Donald was able to get through holes on the Saints offensive line and was able to pressure the quarterback.

5. Eric Ebron- TE, Lions

Ebron will be successful in his rookie season because of his versatility. He is able to play multiple spots on the field including lining up in the backfield and lining up as a receiver.

He is the next athletic tight end, similar to Jimmy Graham, who will be able to stretch the field and make things tougher for defenders.

Honorable Mention

Kelvin Benjamin- WR, Panthers

With the losses of Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, the Panthers desperately need Benjamin to develop into the big-play receiver he is capable of. He made a touchdown grab in his first preseason game, which provided hope for Panthers fans.

With his 6’5” frame, Benjamin should be able to make some big plays for the Panthers this season, and could help Cam Newton reach the next phase of his career.

RA Dickey was at his best last night

RA Dickey was at his best last night

spoal:

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