MY “REVIEW”: Sports Illustrated March 2, 2015

So I’ve decided to start blogging again.  One of my ideas was to “review” or give my opinions of Sports Illustrateds or ESPN the Magazines I get.  Here goes nothing.

1–Busy NBA trade deadline.  11 trades, 14 draft picks, 43 players.  The Celtics had 3 players involved. They gave up forward Tayshaun Prince who scored 76 points in 9 games, to the Pistons.  They received forwards Jonas Jerekbo and Luigi Datome who have 28 rebounds since joining the team.  They also got Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns.  He already is helping out as a guard and has scored 120 points.

2–Malcolm Butler.  After his game-clinching, Super Bowl-winning interception, Butler knew his life was going to change.  He’s gotten Jamie Foxx’s number, court side Celtics’ tickets, a parade, and Tom Brady gave him his MVP truck.  I can only imagine how great next season will be for him.

3–In soccer news, U.S.A and Everton goalie Tim Howard explained that taking a year off “was 100% family-oriented.”

4–The NFL Combine always clears some things up about the draft and complicates others.  Jameis Winston is not the clear-cut #1 pick.  Tampa Bay may just being trying to get a lot for their pick.  Bryce Petty of Baylor could be interesting as #3 quarterback picked after Winston and Marcus Mariota.  Miami tackle Ereck Flowers led with 37 reps on the bench press and that almost guarantees him as a first rounder.  Kevin White, West Virginia WR, ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash and he might be the first receiver taken.  Missouri D-end Shane Ray could be a sleeper Number 2 pick if Tennessee doesn’t pick Mariota.

Kentucky Wildcats

Get to know the Kentucky Wildcats!

Nerlens Noel
Center
6’10”, 228 pounds
From Tilton School in Tilton, N.H.

Alex Polythress
Forward
6’7″, 239 pounds
From Northeast High in Clarksville, Tenn.

Archie Goodwin
Guard
6’5″, 198 pounds
From Sylvan Hills High in Little Rock

Willie Cauley-Stein
Center
7′, 244 pounds
From Olathe Northwest (Kans.) High

All information from Sports Illustrated, 11-26-12.

Impact Players in 2013

Sources: espn.com fangraphs.com Wikipedia.com nytimes.com
Here are 5 players who I think will make an impact in 2013.

In no particular order:

1. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Washington Redskins
I think he will perform well in the playoffs if he leads the Redskins there. I also believe he has a chance to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Next fall begins another NFL season and I believe RG3 will perform better than he is now, barring injury.

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2. Doug McDermott, Forward, Creighton Blue Jays
He is projected by nbadraft.net to go 29th overall to the Los Angeles Clippers. I think this would be a good pick for the Clippers as I think his skill set would fit into their offense nicely. He is my pick because I didn’t want to go with the obvious choice of Cody Zeller from Indiana (who is expected to go #1 in the draft). If for some reason McDermott stays at Creighton for his senior year, I’m positive he will have a stellar season.

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3. Mike Trout, Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Trout has the ability to have another stellar season and cement himself as an elite player. He is what scouts call a five tool player: an athlete who excels at hitting for average, hitting for power, base running skills and speed, throwing ability, and fielding ability. In Trout’s first full season (2012) he played in 139 games and scored 129 runs, had 182 hits, 27 doubles, 8 triples, 30 home runs, 83 RBIs (runs batted in), 67 walks, 139 strike outs, 49 stolen bases, 5 times caught stealing, .326 batting average, .399 on base percentage, and a .564 slugging percentage. In comparison, Ty Cobb’s first full season was 1907 in which he played 150 games. His stats were 97 runs, 212 hits, 28 doubles, 14 triples, 5 hone runs, 119 RBIs, 53 stolen bases, 24 walks, 54 strike outs, .350 batting average, .380 on base percentage, and a .468 slugging percentage. I believe Mike Trout has the baseball ability to win the AL MVP award this season.

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4. Kyrie Irving, Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers
Previously, the Cavaliers point guard won the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award, the Rising Stars Challenge MVP also in 2012, and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in 2012. I believe there is a lot of good for this young man in the future. So far this season through 19 games, Irving averages 35.5 minutes per game while averaging 3.7 rebounds per game, 5.5 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game, 1.2 steals per game, and 22.9 points per game. That is pretty impressive and denies any thought if a “sophomore slump.” If he had better talent around him, I think he would shine even more.

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5. Erin DiMeglio, Quarterback, South Plantation High School
Now this one doesn’t really count because she is a senior, but Erin is awesome. She was a 3rd string quarterback at her high school and actually got to play in some games. She is believed to be the first girl to play quarterback in a Florida high school football game. Just saying. Anything is possible.

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Best Moments of 2012 in Boston Sports

Source: espnboston.com and google.com

10. Gronk breaks record

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On January 1st 2012, Rob Gronkowski broke the record for receiving yards in a game by a tight end against the Buffalo Bills.

9. KG re-signs

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On June 30th, Kevin Garnett signed a 3-year, $34 million deal with the Celtics. With rumors of retirement, KG re-signing lifted many Celtic fans’ spirits about this season.

8. Harvard makes NCAAs

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On March 7th, the Harvard boys’ basketball team made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946 and won its first Ivy League title.

7. Eagles win NCAA title

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On April 7th, the Boston College Eagles hockey team won their 5th NCAA title in Division 1.

6. Fenway Park turns 100

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On April 20th, Fenway Park celebrated its 100th anniversary.

5. Raisman leads Team USA to gymnastics gold

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Aly Raisman, Needham native, was part of the “Fab Five” USA gymnastics team. Aly came home from London with 2 golds and 1 bronze.

4. Celtics go up 3-2 on Heat

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On June 5th, the Celtics took a 3-2 lead on the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even though the Celtics appeared to be in control of the series, Miami won in 7 games and went on to win the NBA title.

3. Red Sox blow it up

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On August 25th, the Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto (not pictured) to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Rubby de la Rosa, first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan de Jesus, and outfielder Jerry Sands.

2. Valentine fired, Farrell hired

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On October 4, Bobby Valentine was fired from his position as manager of the Boston Red Sox. On October 20th, John Farrell was hired as his successor. Farrell was previously pitching coach for the Red Sox.

1. Patriot head to Super Bowl

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On January 22nd, the New England Patriots won the AFC Championship game over the Baltimore Ravens with Billy Cundiff missing a field goal with seconds left to seal the deal. In the Super Bowl against the NFC Champions New York Giants, the Patriots lost.

NFL Pro Bowl

The players participating in the NFL Pro Bowl were announced. Here is the list.

AFC Pro Bowl rosters

Offense
Quarterbacks
Peyton Manning , Denver
Tom Brady, New England
Matt Schaub, Houston
Running backs
Arian Foster, Houston
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
Ray Rice, Baltimore
Fullback
Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wide receivers
A.J. Green, Cincinnati
Andre Johnson, Houston
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis and Wes Welker, New England
Tight ends
Rob Gronkowski, New England
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh
Offensive tackle
Duane Brown, Houston
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Ryan Clady, Denver
Offensive guard
Logan Mankins, New England
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Wade Smith, Houston
Center
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Chris Myers, Houston

Defense
Defensive ends
J.J. Watt, Houston
Cameron Wake, Miami
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
Defensive tackles
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
Vince Wilfork, New England
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Outside linebackers
Von Miller, Denver
Tamba Hali, Kansas City
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Inside linebackers
Jerod Mayo, New England
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Cornerbacks
Champ Bailey, Denver
Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Antonio Cromartie, NY Jets
Free safety
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Strong safety
Eric Berry, Kansas City
LaRon Landry, NY Jets
Special Teams
Punter
Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
Kicker
Phil Dawson, Cleveland
Return specialist
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Special teamer
Matthew Slater, New England

NFC Pro Bowl rosters

Offense
Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin, Washington
Running backs
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore, San Francisco
Fullback
Jerome Felton, Minnesota
Wide receivers
Calvin Johnson, Detroit
Brandon Marshall, Chicago
Victor Cruz, NY Giants
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Tight ends
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Jason Witten, Dallas
Offensive tackle
Russell Okung, Seattle
Joe Staley, San Francisco
Trent Williams, Washington
Offensive guard
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Mike Iupati, San Francisco
Chris Snee, NY Giants
Center
Max Unger, Seattle
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

Defense
Defensive ends
Julius Peppers, Chicago
Jason Pierre-Paul, NY Giants
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Defensive tackles
Justin Smith, San Francisco
Henry Melton, Chicago
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
Outside linebackers
Aldon Smith, San Francisco
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Inside linebackers
Patrick Willis, San Francisco
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco Cornerbacks
Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, Chicago
Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Free safety
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
Earl Thomas, Seattle
Strong safety
Donte Whitner, San Francisco
Special teams
Punter
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Kicker
Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Return specialist
Leon Washington, Seattle
Special teamer
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

Congratulations to all the players for their recognition and trip to Hawaii.

Source: yahoo.com

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