Posted on: May 17, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2010 6:52 pm
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Racism: Los Suns?

The Phoenix Suns are the latest pawn being set up to be taken by the opposition. You may think that I am referring to the Western Conference match-up between the Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. However, you would be wrong. Nope, this is a debate that won't be decided by defensive rebounds, blocked shots, or field goal percentage. Instead, this is another shot taken at the state of Arizona.

On April 23rd, 2010, the Arizona Governor signed a bill that would put harsh penalties against those who are illegally in the United States and currently living in the state of Arizona. This has caused a great uproar nation wide, if you haven't heard. Arizona is now the center of attention when it comes to policing the onslaught of illegal immigration and taking hits one after another.

Prior to this law being signed into state legislation, the Suns of Phoenix sent in a simple jersey request to the NBA commissioners office for approval to wear a uniform with the term 'Los Suns' on it in honor of the Latino holiday Cinco de Mayo.

Almost every journalists jumped on the NBA's message to fight against the new Arizona law by slapping the state in the face with their only NBA team wearing an anti-law jersey. This is highly incorrect as to what was really happening. It was just pure coincidence that the law passed and left the Suns in a tough situation. A simple phrase of 'Los Suns' went from honorary slate to all Latino's in the United States to a bargaining piece for the general media to bastardize and manipulate to their own personal standpoint.

With all that has happened, I would like to thank the Phoenix Suns for giving respect to a nationality in the most appropriate way they could portray; it was a very classy move on their part. If not for the media, this would have been a great showing by the Suns. Yet, as the cards of life play out, it has turned into something much inferior to respect as it has been turned and twisted to benefit others in the on-going pursuit of supremacy.
Posted on: April 16, 2010 12:58 pm
 

All-Time Greatness

In 1966, the NFL began a yearly tradition know as the Super Bowl and a league phenomenon began. Since that historical season, many great accomplishments have been forged. One of the most intriguing accomplishments is the rare occasion when a player dominates the league while leading in completions(for quarterbacks), attempts, yards, and touchdowns. This has happened a total of 20 times since the inception of the Super Bowl.

Many greats of the game have accrued this feat. 8 times a quarterback, 9 times a running back, and 3 times a receiver have performed at this level. The most recent quarterback to perform this task was Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints in 2008. He went 413 for 635 with 5069 yards and 34 touchdown passes. The latest running back to accomplish the feat was Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. He carried the ball 370 times for 1880 yards and 27 touchdown rushes. In that same year, Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers caught 103 passes for 1563 yards and 12 touchdown receptions. Only 4 times have two players accomplished the same feat in the same season. Never has there been a complete sweep.

Although accruing such heights is a great accomplishment, 3 players have accomplished the feat in two different seasons. Leroy Kelly of the Cleveland Browns did it in back-to-back seasons in 1967 and 1968 as a running back. O.J. Simpson accrued the task in 1973 and 1975 as a running back for the Buffalo Bills. And Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino accomplished the feat in 1984 and 1986. This trend is becoming increasingly difficult to perform, as the number of achievements has gone from 5 times in the 1980's, to 4 times in the 1990's, and only 3 times in the 2000's.

Here is a list of players who have done the rare achievement: 1967 QB Sonny Jurgenson; 1967 RB Leroy Kelly; 1968 RB Leroy Kelly; 1971 QB John Hadl; 1973 QB Roman Gabriel; 1973 RB O.J. Simpson; 1975 RB O.J. Simpson; 1977 RB Walter Payton; 1980 RB Earl Campbell; 1981 QB Dan Fouts; 1984 QB Dan Marino; 1986 QB Dan Marino; 1987 RB Charles White; 1990 QB Warren Moon; 1990 WR Jerry Rice; 1992 WR Sterling Sharpe; 1995 RB Emmitt Smith; 2005 RB Shaun Alexander; 2005 WR Steve Smith; and 2008 QB Drew Brees.
Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:33 am
 

Greatest Quarterback, Ever?

From 2000 through the 2009 season, a quarterback accomplished something never before accomplished. Since the addition of teams from 10 to 20 from the 1959 into the 1960 season, no quarterback has been ranked in the top 10 in completion percentage, yards, touchdowns, and passer rating for every season of a decade. The Colts Peyton Manning is the first to claim such honors. He currently has only failed to place in the top ten of these statistical categories in his rookie season. We can say that after missing the playoffs only twice since becoming the starting quarterback in Indianapolis, with two Super Bowl appearances, and a Super Bowl win, Peyton Manning is recreating the record books and changing the standard for a NFL quarterback.
Posted on: April 6, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2010 6:47 pm
 

1000 Yard Receivers, Thrice

In the history of the NFL there have been four seasons where a quarterback has had three receivers catch over 1000 yards apiece. In 1980, Dan Fouts led the Chargers to the first such season. In 1995, Jeff George became the second quarterback to accomplish the feat for the Falcons. In 2004, Peyton Manning broke records while completing the task with the Colts. Finally, Kurt Warner accrued the achievement in 2008 with the Cardinals.

Among the four seasons, only Peyton Manning had his top three receivers account for less than 75% of his total yardage that season. Yet, he split over 65% of his total completions between the same set of targets. Dan Fouts and Jeff George had 70% of their total completions go to their favorite three options, while having 79% of their total yardage accumulated among those same receivers. Kurt Warner had just over 75% of his total yardage come from Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston, but only 62% of his completions hit among those hands.

The most surprising difference between these seasons was the running support. Manning had the most support with a leading back rushing for 1548 yards, George had 1083 yards of support from the main back, while Fouts only got 659 yards of rushing attack. The lowest rushing total came in Warner's case, to the tune of 514 yards out of the backfield. Not only did Warner have the fewest support in the form of a running game, but he relied the least on his top three receivers in the bulk of his season.

As a side note, in 1989 the Washington Redskins accomplished the feat, however, the quarterback Mark Rypien did not start all 16 games so it goes undocumented in the record books. Gary Clark had 1229 yards, Art Monk had 1186 yards, and Ricky Sanders had 1138 yards receiving.
Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:48 pm
 

The transition of the athlete from high school

The argument is always when should an athlete be eligible to declare for the professional ranks? One side of the argument is the money side of things. If a young athlete comes directly out of high school they will be rewarded with millions of dollars in contracts. Further more, if a player HAS to be in college for at least a year, and they get injured, they miss out on the aforementioned money.

You have go to be kidding me!

Last time I checked, such privileges are earned, not rewarded. Let me ask you this, If an athlete were to HAVE to go to college and misfortune struck in the form of injury, what stops them from growing as a person by attending classes? I understand that becoming a professional athlete is an admiration of nearly every kid in America, but where do you draw the line? I think a player is first, and foremost, a student-athlete. You learn to succeed at life by giving yourself the opportunity to grow. If a person goes into the pro's straight out of high school and busts, where do they turn to for a career after the pro's? With no formal education, there are very few options.

I think that the NCAA, along with all professional sports, should prepare young men and women for a future outside of sports before allowing them for advancement in any field of professionalism. This most recently came to fruition during the NCAA tournament when talk stirred of requiring graduation rates to be at a certain level to become eligible for the tournament. I am all for this movement. It will teach a lesson while giving opportunity to succeed in the form of a tournament berth.

In conclusion, the future of the nation is always in the hands of the youth. For us to succeed, they must learn to succeed. If we don't give them an opportunity outside of an education, they will have nowhere to turn when unattainable dreams move out of reach.

Also, If you haven't seen the movie "Coach Carter" I suggest you rent it and take in it's message.
Category: General
Tags: MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, WNBA
 
Posted on: March 25, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 1:10 pm
 

The new breed of NFL quarterback

In the beginning of time, of football that is, quarterbacks used to call the plays, perform the cadence, hand the ball off to a running back, and then become an extra blocker. Occasionally, they would run the ball themselves. The passing game of football did not exist. But, as time passed, change followed. In this case, football progressed over time and change. Enter the passing game. Quarterbacks were now being used more for their arms, than their legs. New statistics were brought to realization with this new arsenal attack through the air. A new form of offense began, and the National Football League grew. As the passing game evolved, so did the class of athlete.

The versatility of the pass has become increasingly popular and the league has grown with that emergence. Players were asked to do more with the advancements in airing it out. Looking into how players today are perfecting the class of elite quarterback, makes the old class seem obsolete. When doing just enough was all it took. Touchdown to interception ratios were not seen as success or failure, just a side statistic to winning. Joe Namath is a prime example of this. He threw more interceptions in his career than touchdowns, but is enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his success winning games. A lot has changed since Namath made his imprint on the sport.

Quarterbacks now, such as Peyton Manning, are re-writing the history books when it comes to playing the quarterback position. It's not only about winning now, it's about doing it efficiently. Accuracy of quarterbacks, such as Drew Brees, makes the game seem more spectacular. Threading the needle, a common trait among the elite quarterbacks of today, and putting the football exactly where it needs to be, exactly when it needs to be there. Only adding to the amazement of the quarterback position's journey through time.

In the way that Dan Marino and Joe Montana have paved the way for Manning and Brees, they too, are also paving the way for new comers. The new breed of NFL quarterback. These young signal callers are bringing a new swagger and mentality to the position. Greatly efficient and well prepared for everything that comes their way. Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, and Aaron Rodgers have become the new standard for quarterbacks moving forward in the league. With immaculate timing, impressively strong arms, and pinpoint accuracy, the game as we know it is about to change again. What we know now about the passing game of football history, will be an after thought once these quarterbacks, and the ones that follow them, leave their mark on an ever evolving sport.
 
 
 
 
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