Archive for November, 2008

Avery To OKC?
November 28, 2008

VARIOUS NATIONAL MEDIA OUTLETS ARE REPORTING THAT NEW ORLEANIAN AND FORMER DALLAS MAVERICKS COACH AVERY JOHNSON COULD TAKE OVER AS THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER HEAD COACH NEXT SEASON. avery20small1

JOHNSON IS CURRENTLY WORKING AS AN ANALYST FOR ESPN.

THE OKC THUNDER ARE AN NBA WORST 1 AND 15 OVERALL.

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Orgeron To University of Tennessee?
November 27, 2008

REPORTS CLAIMS THAT IF FORMER RAIDERS HEAD COACH LANE KIFFIN GETS THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HEAD COACHING JOB HE’LL ASK SAINTS ASSISTANT COACH AND FORMER OLE MISS HEAD COACH ED ORGERON TO JOIN HIM AS THE RECRUITING COORDINATOR FOR THE VOLS.Mississippi Auburn Football

KIFFIN AND ORGERON WERE ASSISTANT COCHES ON THE SAME STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS.

Do Byron & CP3 Get Along?
November 27, 2008

I usually love Bill Simmons articles…but I think this one of terrible!  A joke!  One of the most foolish things I’ve ever read.

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by: Bill Simmons

ESPN Page 2

After sitting a few rows behind their bench for Monday’s game against the Clippers, I realized the Hornets’ problems went deeper. You can tell from the stands when teams are happy and everyone is on the same page. For instance, I watched the Spurs beat the Clippers without Manu and Parker-Longoria; as long as Duncan and Popovich are around, and as long as they keep building around character guys, things can’t splinter for them. That Pop-Duncan foundation is just too strong. You could see it during every timeout huddle, you could see it with how they interacted and supported each other, and you could see it with the way they carried themselves. When Roger Mason drained the game-winning 3-pointer, there was no chest-pounding or pointing to God, just a quiet fist pump and a leisurely walk back to the huddle. It’s a professional team in every sense. op4s-5370

The Hornets gave me a different vibe. They seemed a little detached, surprising since they have so many character guys on the team: Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, David West, James Posey. Really, their only chemistry wild card is Mike James and he barely plays. I mistakenly believed it would be one of those lovefest teams that players josh around during the shootarounds before each half and hug each other too much. Nope. Midway through the second quarter, I asked my friend Tollin, “Are we sure the Hornets like their coach?” After all, the Nets practically revolted against Byron Scott four years ago. So there is a precedent.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/081126&sportCat=nba

RECALL ALERT ISSUED ON STARCAPS
November 26, 2008

courtesy: http://www.profootballtalk.com

In the most unequivocal acknowledgement yet that the supposedly all-natural StarCaps product has been spiked with Bumetanide, the manufacturer of the substance has issued an “urgent nationwide recall” of the product.

The recall is outlined in a release posted on the FDA web site.

But the recall applies only to one specific lot:  12/2011 — 84810.  The lot includes 1,974 bottles distributed from August 2008 through October 30, 2008.

Previously, Balanced Health Products, Inc. had merely suspended shipments of StarCaps.  The front page of the StarCaps web site mentions the suspension of shipments, but says nothing about the recall.

(Fletcher’s Note: 3 Saints players, Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant face four game suspensions from the for taking StarCaps and testing positive for Bumetanide…which is a banned substance)

LSU Bowl Game
November 23, 2008

60716_41mississippi-lsu-football_sffAfter the beat down Ole Miss put on LSU it looks like a lock that the Rebels will play in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas against the Big XII team shut out of the BCS….my prediction for the Cotton Bowl is Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech.

So which bowl game does LSU go to now after losing to Ole Miss?

It’s going to be one of two games.  The Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta or the Music City Bowl in Nashville. chichfilamusic-city

The Chick-fil-A pays 2.4 million…the Music City 1.6.

Even though the Music City pays less I think LSU will want to go to Nashville.  The Tigers have been to Atlanta two of the last three years for SEC Championships and a Chick-fil-A bowl appearance against Miami. 

Nashville is new and will motivate fans, many of whom are upset with the school’s four losses, to travel.

And who do I think LSU will face in the Music City Bowl?  It has to be an ACC team.  The ACC is kind of a joke to me….so many mediocore teams….but I think the one LSU will play is….drum roll please:

Maryland!maryland

So there you have it…as of 11:22 pm on Saturday, November 22nd I think the LSU Tigers will play the Maryland Terps in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

Thrilling isn’t it?  {Yawn!}

Dream Sugar Bowl
November 23, 2008

USC IN THE SUGAR BOWL???  I HOPE SO!!!

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With Oregon State beating Arizona it’s looking more and more like the Beavers will play in the Rose Bowl against Penn State.  OSU controls it’s own destiny…all they have to do is beat in-state rival Oregon next week and they’re off to Pasadena. The OSU/Oregon game will be played in Corvallis so OSU is in good shape.

osu-beavIf Oregon State advances to the Rose Bowl (and if the Big XII champ faces the SEC champ in the BCS title game) USC will be an at-large BCS team and will end up in the Fiesta Bowl or the Sugar Bowl.

I’m sure the Fiesta Bowl will put up a strong fight to get the Trojans but I also know the men who run the Sugar Bowl won’t go down without a fight. 

Can you imagine an Alabama vs. USC Sugar Bowl?  How’s about Florida vs. USC? Amazing stuff! usc1bama1

I truly believe Florida is unstoppable right now and that the Gators will beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game and will play in the BCS title game.  That said, I think the Sugar Bowl will have Alabama as one of it’s two teams and the thought of Nick Saban going head-to-head against Pete Carroll is quite exciting.petecsaban1

Now, if the Sugar does not get USC the team more than likely coming to New Orleans is Utah.  I love the way the undefeated Utes play but Alabama vs. Utah isn’t quite as sexy and won’t garner near the national TV audiance the Trojans would.utah2

We’ll see how it all shakes out…but if you feel like I do and are dreaming of USC and ‘Bama….than start pulling hard for Oregon State (a team led by former Saints assistant coach Mike Riley).reily

Why Not Marbury?
November 21, 2008

Okay, maybe this is a panic blog on my part!

  

 

 

I have watched every second of each of the Hornets first 10 games and feel like I am not watching the same team I saw storm the NBA’s western conference less than a year ago.

The swagger is just not there right now.cp3333

Below you’ll find an article I clipped from respected NBA writer Peter Vecsey. He details why the Hornets have not been productive.

Vecsey also suggests the Hornets need another scoring option if they’re going to make a run deep into the post season.

If you scroll down past Vecsey’s article you’ll find all sorts of trades that I’ve suggested that I believe would bolster the Hornets stagnant offense….but now I’ve got an idea that doesn’t involve a trade.

Vescey suggested it and I love this idea.

Why not try to sign embattled New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury for the veteran minimum…a 1.6 million dollar contract?

Yeah yeah yeah….I know, Marbury had been labeled a cancer…a guy who’s selfish and uncontrollable….a star who’s never led a team anywhere to any type of championship.

All true! Also, Hornets coach Byron Scott clashed with Marbury when both were in New Jersey. Scott even helped push a trade to land Jason Kidd and get rid of Marbury. So I’m not even sure Marbury could play for Scott or if Scott would accept Marbury.act_stephon_marbury

But Marbury is really what the Hornets need. The guy is a scoring machine who could join Chris Paul in the backcourt and push the banged-up and struggling Morris Peterson to a reserve role.

Now is also the perfect time to land the 31 year old Marbury. The Coney Island native is on the verge of being bought out of his contract by the Knicks. Because of an ongoing fight with management Marbury has been rotting on the bench the past year and half and is no doubt chomping at the bit to get back out on the court and prove he’s still an electric playmaker. alg_marbury

Plus, if Marbury shows up and is a good soldier…if he jump starts the Hornets offense and helps them make a deep run in the post-season…he’ll be looking at a nice contract next year.

So why not take a flier on the guy?

I think Byron Scott is a strong enough head coach to control Marbury and that both men have grown up and can put personal feelings aside and work together to make New Orleans a better NBA franchise.

Or maybe I’m just crazy!

The Hornets Need Help
November 21, 2008

petervecsey post by: Peter Vecsey

www.nypost.com

A FOOLPROOF formula for beating the Hornets, it appears, is to stay home on their shooters when Chris Paul orchestrates a pick and roll. It’s becoming monotonous; first the Hawks, then the deprived Bobcats, next the Lakers, then the Rockets and finally, an inexcusable nine-point home loss to the less-than-all-the-Kings-men; no Kevin Martin for the sixth consecutive game – sprained ankle.

Looking defensively unflawed in the preseason and starting off the regular season 3-0, the Hornets have melded into mediocrity at 5-5, holding 5-8 Sacramento to 55 percent field goal shooting. Oh, yeah, Reggie Theus’ Kings were playing their third game in four nights and had lost to the Grizzlies by 15 at the Drop Box the night before.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/11212008/sports/moresports/hornets_paul_needs_another_scorer_139962.htm?&page=1

Saints New Running Back Info
November 19, 2008

The Saints placed veteran Aaron Stecker on injured reserve due to his lingering hamstring injury.D050092018.jpg

With Reggie Bush still recovering from knee surgery and Deuce McAllister facing a possible 4 game suspension the team reportedly signed two running backs.

The Saints also reportedly signed a full back because Mike Karney is banged up.

Saints Signees:

***Mike Bell: 6’1, 225

In college, Bell played football for the University of Arizona, where he rushed for 3,163 yards and 17 touchdowns in four years, three as the starter. In his senior year, he rushed for 153 yards in sixteen attempts in a surprising 52-14 rout of the then-undefeated UCLA Bruins. Bell is third all time in the college’s history in rushing yards.

bellDuring week 8 of the 2006 season, in which the Denver Broncos played the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, Tatum Bell was taken out with a turf toe. Mike Bell was put in and ran for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns in just 1 half, averaging 9 yards per carry. He started week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only gained 28 yards on 17 attempts. He was made inactive by Coach Mike Shanahan in week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Although being signed as an undrafted free agent, Bell led the Broncos with eight rushing scores.

On July 21, 2008 he was released by the Broncos.

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***Lavarus Giles: 6’1, 220

He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Jackson State.

gilesGiles has also been a member of the St. Louis Rams.

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***FB Darian Barnes: 6′, 255

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Hampton University by the New York Giants, Barnes has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004), Miami Dolphins (2005-2006) and New York Jets (2007). On November 28, 2007 the Jets released him. Dolphins Jets Football

Saints Player Suspensions Update
November 18, 2008

Per various media reports, the first of the appeal hearings in the StarCaps cases will convene tomorrow in New York.

Players who were taking StarCaps tested positive for Bumetanide, a prescription medication that apparently had been added to the supposedly all-natural StarCaps product like grain alcohol to the punch bowl at a high school dance.  

Saints guard Jamar Nesbit, who opted not to appeal his suspension and already has served it, has sued StarCaps.  More recently, Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson filed a nationwide class action in California.

deuceOn Tuesday, the consolidated appeals of Saints running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith will be heard.  On Thursday, the appeals of Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams will proceed.  On Friday, Jackson’s appeal hearing will be conducted.

Look for the arguments to focus on one or more of the following concepts:

star20caps1.  If the manufacturer didn’t know that StarCaps contained Bumetanide, how could such knowledge be imputed to the players who took it?

2.  If all weight-loss substances contain a diuretic and if diuretics can mask steroid use, why are any of them permissible under NFL policies?

3.  The November 2007 study confirming that StarCaps contains Bumetanide was authored by a professor at the University of Utah; Dr. Brian Finkle, the league’s consultant on toxicology, is also a professor at the University of Utah.  Why then didn’t Finkle advise the NFL to advise players that StarCaps contain Bumetanide?

4.  As of January 2009, the World Anti-Doping Agency will not automatically suspend athletes for taking diuretics.  Dr. Finkle is a consultant for WADA.  Which of Finkel’s two clients are mishandling the diuretics issue?

We’ve also caught wind of an intention among the folks handling these appeals to begin using testimony given by the league’s witnesses in one case as fodder for cross-examination in future cases.  The league apparently believes that the confidentiality provision prevents cross-pollination of testimony.  But if a witness can say one thing in one case and something else in a different one, there needs to be a way to hold the witness accountable for inconsistencies in his or her testimony.

On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the NFL will point to memos posted in training rooms warning players about “some diuretics and water pills.”  At this point, however, there is no evidence that players specifically were warned about StarCaps.

Either way, things look to get interesting this week, and beyond.  As Charley Casserly of CBS pointed out on Sunday, the league seems to be intent on getting this matter resolved in time for the suspensions to be served by the end of the year.