Steve Nash reaches 10,000 assists

Steve Nash reaches 10,000 assists as the Lakers took on the RocketsSteve Nash is simply poetry in motion on the hardcourt. His latest accomplishment should lead him into the status of legend even for those who aren’t fans of the scrappy, 6’3” Canadian.

In front of an amped up crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston Tuesday evening, Nash joined a stellar and select crowd as he became only the fifth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists. It would be hard to argue that Steve Nash is one of the best when it comes to the pick and roll that the league has ever seen. … Read more

Phil Jackson asked about a return to coach the Lakers

Phil Jackson answers questions about a return to coaching the Los Angeles Lakers

Yesterday reporters from that hotbed of heady sports analysis, TMZ, bumped into Phil Jackson in Venice, California, and popped the question more than half of Lakers Nation has been pondering: “Would you go back to the Lakers now, if they offered you the gig?”

Definitely a legitimate question considering Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has not fared any better than Mike Brown, the coach he was hired to replace in the second week of November.  Thursday’s loss to the New York Knicks puts the record at an unconvincing 4-9 under the coaching of D’Antoni.  … Read more

New Orleans Hornets to become Pelicans, really?

New Orleans Pelicans


Finally, the ferocious pelican gets the chance to flex its mighty wings and flap its pointy, pouchy beak to intimidate opponents on the court.  Reports indicate that the New Orleans Hornets will be changing their name as early as the 2012-2013 season to the Pelicans.

No, this isn’t a joke, although I am certain Seth Myers and the Saturday Night Live crew are pleased to be served up new fodder for their punch lines on the Weekend Update.

What would possess Tom Benson, who purchased the team on April 14, to select the Pelican as a new team name?  Read more

Michael Jordan provides perspective on success

Michael Jordan Provides Perspective on Success

Michael Jordan is often looked upon as the picture of success, and rightly so.  Consider just a handful of Jordan’s achievements during his NBA career:

  • NBA Championship: 6 times
  • NBA Most Valuable Player: 5 times
  • NBA Steals Leader: 3 times
  • NBA All-Star: 11 times
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner: 2 times
  • Scored 30 or more points in a game: 672 times
  • Recorded 241 double-doubles
  • Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1991
  • Ranked #1 in Top 75 Players of All-time by SLAM Magazine
  • Ranked #1 in Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century by ESPN

Michael Jordan also holds over 70 NBA records, including,

  • NBA Record for Most Seasons as Scoring Leader: 10 seasons
  • NBA Record for scoring 30+ points in a regular season game: 561 games
  • NBA Record for highest career scoring average: 30.31

Jordan was an incredibly talented all-around player, defensively as well as offensively.  … Read more

High impact NFL rookies of 2012

At the NFL’s midway point, there have been many surprises (both good and bad) in both conferences, none more so than the better-than-expected performances of the league’s 2012 rookie crop, especially at QB. A record five first-year signal callers were under center for Opening Day, an almost unheard-of number in this era of “polished” field generals.

The No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Luck with the Colts, hasn’t disappointed. As the Colts surround him with more and more weapons, there’s no reason to believe Indianapolis won’t be back in the mix for AFC elite status sooner, rather than later.… Read more

The perils of wagering with a small-time bookie

I read online that some lucky guy just hit a 23-team parlay and turned his $100 wager into 25 grand.  Must be nice.

I’ve got a few buddies that are just as hot lately when it comes to wagering.  One friend has reached near unprecedented swami status by winning our local bar pick ‘em pool (40+ participants) two out of the last three weeks.  Another friend had the stones to bet $800 on a three-teamer that hit this past weekend.

It is this final wager that I’d like to talk about.… Read more

Has LeBron James won your respect?

LeBron James

LeBron James has an impressive resume nine years into a career that was destined for greatness. He finally won that championship that eluded him once in Cleveland and once in his first season in Miami. When your uniform is 23 and you are nicknamed “The King” or “King James” you expect nothing less. For a moment take a look at the list of his accomplishments.

Going into year 10 of his career, you would think hands down, that Lebron would be considered the best player of his time and would have everyone’s undying respect.… Read more

Knicks continue their winning ways in record fashion


This game was a lot of fun, unless you are a Sixers fan of course. It had a little bit of everything. You got some Sheed, some good JR and some hilarious Nick Young being an idiot. Overall it was another blowout win for the Knickerbockers, their third in as many games this season. Melo Tony led the team in scoring with an efficient 21 points on 7/16 shooting. Earl Smith had another strong game with 17 points on 7/15 shooting and almost got in a fight. Sheed entered the game in the third quarter and proceeded to drain a buzzer beating three to end the quarter.… Read more

Shahid Khan calls Jaguars embarrassing

Shahid-KhanIn his first season as the owner of the Jaguars, Shahid Khan is embarrassed by what he has seen on the field.

That’s the word Khan used on Jaguars All Access on Action News 47, in an appearance in which he made clear that he knows the 1-7 team has to get a lot better.

“It’s embarrassing but there are better days ahead,” Khan said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I’m deeply grateful to the fans for supporting us. They’ve done their part. Now we have to do our part.”

Khan indicated that he’ll run this business the same way he ran the auto parts company that made him a billionaire.… Read more

Fantasy Sports: Strategy versus Luck

Doug MartinDoug Martin… (Silence and crickets.) Well that’s pretty much all I can say on this Tuesday after a monumental fantasy performance. Every daily fantasy player (and season long player) wishes they had Doug Martin on their fantasy team.  Dougy Fresh had a whopping 51 fantasy points, this rivals my Michael Vick performance of 57 a couple years back. The daily fantasy dream is to get a guy that produces numbers like Martin every week. I did have a similar performance with my pick of James Harden, during a NBA match up last week.… Read more

Doug Martin, the Muscle Hamster?

Doug MartinBuccaneers running back Doug Martin is having a great rookie season. Now he wishes he could get a great nickname.

Instead, Martin is saddled with “Muscle Hamster,” the ridiculous nickname that some of his offensive linemen at Boise State gave him. Martin said on NFL AM that the nickname was given to him affectionately by teammates who were impressed by how much he could lift, considering his small stature. But he said he wishes they had come up with something better.

“It has to be the worst nickname ever,” Martin said.… Read more

Jimmy Johnson can’t eat fried chicken, why do we care?

Terry Bradshaw

Terry BradshawWhile describing the ankle-breaking touchdown run by Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (which prompted us to point out on Twitter that even Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie lunged at air when Reggie cut left to right), Bradshaw said, “Look at this Jimmy, it was like you was chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other day.”  (Apparently, there’s a question as to whether Bradshaw said “you was chasing” or “he was chasing.”  My first thought was that Bradshaw said “you,” to Johnson.)

Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, FOX’s Howie Long explained that it was an inside jab by Bradshaw at Jimmy Johnson.… Read more

Jerry Jones will not relinquish G.M. duties

Jerry JonesCowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to make this absolutely clear: He will remain the team’s general manager. Period.

After Jones told NBC’s Bob Costas that he would have fired a general manager who had his own record as general manager, some people thought Jones was acknowledging that perhaps he should step back and give up the G.M. authority. But Jones said on 105.3 The Fan today that the Cowboys are his team, and that means he’s picking the players.

“We are not structured that way,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News.… Read more

Jerry Jones locked out of locker room after Cowboys loss

Jerry Jones told Bob Costas over the weekend that Jones the owner would have fired Jones the G.M. by now.  After Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons, the Cowboys may have tried to fire both guys.

According to Matt Barrie of NBC 5 in Dallas, “Jerry Jones just pounded [the] locker room door because no one would let him in.  It’s the angriest I’ve seen him all year.”

Like him or not, the guy owns the team.  He has every right to be in the locker room after the game.  So we can understand why he’s mad.… Read more