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George Washington Defeats Saint Louis 49-20 January 11, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, Sports.
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You read it right. The Saint Louis Billikens were defeated by the George Washington Colonials 20-49.  The Billikens set a Division I record for fewest points in a game. The team had a terrible first half with just 7 points, but picked it up in the second half, scoring 13 points.  Bryce Husak was the leading scorer for Saint Louis with 5 points. George Washington’s leading scorer Damian Hollis, almost outscored the entire Saint Louis team with 13 points. 

Billikens head coach Rick Majerus stated, “I thought GW played tough on defense. We had some issues. You have to credit GW for playing very well. We have some issues in terms of our offensive proficiency. I tried to keep coaching the game. Sometimes you miss. We are a team that has some issues. That is why we are practicing [Friday]. We did miss some good shots, yes. Anyone can look at us and see we don’t have height, we don’t have depth.”

 

“Psycho T” Takes Down Goliath January 10, 2008

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, Sports, Video.
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Who cares if he traveled.

#19 Clemson Nearly Upsets #1 North Carolina January 6, 2008

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No. 19 Clemson had the best team in the country on their heels the entire night.  Heading into overtime, Clemson had their home crowd behind them, as they look poised to upset No. 1 ranked North Carolina.  Holding Tyler Hansbrough to just 12 points, the Tigers were leading the Tar Heels 88-87 with just 5.4 seconds left in OT.  North Carolina’s Wayne Ellington was the hero of the game however, as he hit a 3-pointer, putting the Tar Heels up for good 90-87.

Clemson  played North Carolina as good as any team could possibly play them.  Not only was their play impressive, but holding Tyler Hansbrough to just 12 points is an amazing feat in itself.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, Wayne Ellington put the Tar Heels on his back.  The game winning 3-pointer gave Ellington a career high 36 points.

 

When Athletes Get Angry: Coaches Edition September 26, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, College Basketball, College Football, Football, MLB, NFL, Sports, Video, When Athletes Get Angry.
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With the recent meltdown of Oklahoma State’s Head Football Coach Mike Gundy, I thought we would take a slightly different direction in this edition of When Athletes Get Angry.  In this edition, we’ll focus on the people who coach the althletes.  Here are some of the most memorable videos of coaches getting angry.  I present to you… When Athletes Get Angry: Coaches Edition

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Parents, Are You Obsessed With Your Child Playing Sports? September 16, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, College Basketball, College Football, Football, Sports.
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It’s one thing to show your child support and encouragement when he or she is involved in sports.  It’s a completely different situation however, to be obsessed.  Here are the top 10 clues that can help determine if you are a parent who is obsessed with your child playing sports.

10.  You make it a point to be the team mom or dad.

9.  It is an absolute must for you to attend every practice and stay to the very end.

8.  You attend games and only cheer for your child.

7.  You feel like a failure when your child has a bad game.

6.  When conversing with other parents, you find yourself constantly bringing up sports no matter the setting.

5.  You’ve become very good friends with the head coach and constantly give him tips on how to make the team better (the tips usually involve drawing up more plays for your child).

4.  You pick your child’s highschool based on sports and not academics.

3.  You’ve never talked to your child about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and having fun when playing sports.

2.  When your child is academically ineligible, you don’t scold your child, but rather blame the coach and the school policy for not letting them play.

1.  No matter how bad your child is at sports, you feel that he or she should get a full ride athletic scholarship, and if they don’t, you blame the coach for not pushing them to reach their full potential.

 

The Art of Talking Trash September 13, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, College Basketball, College Football, Football, MLB, NBA, NFL, Sports.
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Some do it every now and then, some refrain from it, and some live by it.  In sports, trash talking is the norm and can be heard at almost every sporting event.  There are many different forms of trash talking as well as different types of trash talkers, but one thing is certain, trash talking is truly an art.

The idea behind trash talking is to take your opponent out of his game by constantly insulting him or reminding him of a great play you made against him.  Your opponent becomes more concerned about the trash talking than focusing on the actual game.  When done correctly, it is a beautiful thing to witness. This should be a player’s #1 goal when talking trash.

There are many different types of trash talkers.  The most common types are the loud mouths. They often forget the objective of trash talking. Loud mouths don’t talk trash to gain a competitive advantage, but rather do it because they simply just like to hear themselves talk.  Players that use this method include Terrell Owens, Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, Shannon Sharpe, and Chad Johnson. Users of this method never seem to shut up.  They talk trash to opponents, teammates, and sometimes to themselves.  Although loud mouths talk a lot, they are usually good players, and back up everything they say.

Others use a more subtle approach when trash talking. They’re called the quite trash talkers.  This type of trash talker comes across as a player that would never talk trash, but will say things under their breath just loud enough for you to hear it. This can be very aggravating to the opponent, especially if it continues throughout the entire game. Larry Bird was a master at this. He would make a great play and literally come up to his opponent and whisper in their ear, reminding them how great the play was.  This method proved to be very effective for Bird, as he provoked the great Dr. J to take a swing on him during a game.  David Eckstein also uses this method.

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The Killer Crossover September 6, 2007

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Websters dictionary defines the crossover as a basketball manuever in which a player dribbles the ball quickly from one hand to the other.  Yet, the crossover is so much more. It’s a very basic concept, but is arguably the most potent move on offense.  If mastered, it can be the most feared move by defenders and is no longer referred to as simply just a crossover, but is called a killer crossover.  All basketball players have made someone a victim or have been victims of the killer crossover.  With the exception of a few elite defenders, every player is at risk when guarding the crossover. Even the great Michael Jordan was a victim.

Tim HardawayIn extreme cases, players that have executed the killer crossover have caused defenders to fall, freeze, or severly stumble when attempting to play defense. This is known as having your “ankles broken” and it is the worst thing that can happen to a basketball player. When defenders gets their ankles broken, they are ridiculed by the fans, the opposing team, and sometimes by their own teammates. The streetball basketball players of And 1 make players leave the court if they get their ankles broken. The killer crossver is the #1 cause of broken ankles.

There have only been a handful of players that have mastered the killer crossver. One  master of the killer crossover is NBA point guard Tim Haradaway. Hardaway has broken hundreds of ankles on the playground and in NBA arenas.  Hardaway would dribble between his legs when executing the crossover and blow past the defender, often leaving him frozen.  The move was unguardable and although defenders knew it was coming, they still couldn’t stop it.

Iverson does the unthinkableNo crossover strikes more fear in the heart of defenders than the crossover of the great Allen Iverson.  Iverson mastered the killer crossover in college while at Georgetown, but his true claim to fame occured in a game against the Chicago Bulls.  Remember when I said, even the great Michael Jordan was a victim? Well, Mr. Iverson was the guy that broke Jordan’s ankles.

Iverson was guarded by Jordan at the top of the key.  Iverson gave Jordan not one, but two killer crossovers, putting Jordan out of postion.  Then, Iverson shoots a jumper in his face. To break the ankles of the greatest basketball player of all time with a killer crossover not once, but twice is a monumental achievement.  Then, to finish with a jumper in the face instantly makes you a legend on the playground.  For years, that was the most talked about crossover in all of the playgrounds in America.  Iverson has continued to break ankles and has shown no signs of slowing down.  There is a long list of victims, and it’s only going to get longer.

What was once a simple move has now become a deadly offensive weapon.  The killer crossover has broken millions of ankles around the world, and has caused ridicule for baskettball players in high school, college, and the pros.  Defenders Beware.

 

Click here to see Iverson’s crossover on Jordan

Click here to see Tim Hardaway’s best crossovers

 

The Sacred Free Throw Ritual August 12, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, NBA, Sports.
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The free throw is one of the most important aspects in the game of basketball.  The free throw line, or charity stripe, gives a player an opportunity to earn free points.  There are no defenders, just the player and the basket.  Making or missing free throws can sometimes determine the outcome of the game.  They matter the most at the end of the game, and can transform an average player to a hero, or give a superstar player the label of a choker.

Any good player will tell you that it is an absolute must that you have a free throw routine.  For 10 seconds or less, you do whatever you need to do to get relaxed and make your shots.  Making a routine and doing the same thing each and every time you step to the line is key.  It should become almost like a ritual in a sense, soon becoming something a player doesn’t even have to think about.

Most players roughly do the same ritual when stepping to the free throw line. There’s usually 2 to 3 dribbles, a couple of deep breaths, a short stare at the rim, and then a shot.  Some however, create very unique free throw rituals. Former Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek’s free throw ritual consisted of stepping to the line, taking a couple of dribbles, and rubbing the side of his face.  It was later discoverd that Hornacek rubbed his face as a way to say hi to his kids.

Others use a more direct approach to say hi to family members. Jason Kidd used to blow a kiss to the rim before he shot his free throws, which was a way to say hi to his wife.  I always thought that  was a little weird and would be akward for anyone esle to try, but like I said, everyone has their own unique ritual.

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Horrible Play of the Month: Chris Webber August 1, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, Horrible Play of the Month, NBA, Sports, Video.
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The Fab Five will always be remembered as the young, cocky, and flashy group of freshmen that won with style and defied authority in the early 90′s. Playing for the University of Michigan, they were exciting to watch and were always the main topic among basketball enthusiasts. 

The starting freshmen  for the team were Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and last but not least, Chris Webber.  As freshmen, they made it to the National Championship Game in 1992, but lost to Duke.  The next year, they made it back to the National Championship Game once again, this time facing North Carolina. 

Now, I don’t think there has ever been a bigger mental error or lack of focus in sports than the incident that ocurred in the championship game between Michigan and North Carolina.  Chris Webber, the best player on the very talented Michigan team, seems to crumble under the pressure.  The cocky, arrogant player suddenly becomes unsure, shaky, and nervous.

Late in the game, Webber rebounds a missed free throw attempt.  The Wolverines are down by two.  There is about 20 seconds left in the game, and Webber gets away with a travel while attempting to pass to Jalen Rose.  He manages to bring the ball over half court but gets trapped by NC defenders.  Then….. Webber calls a timeout.

This is usually a very smart play to do whenever you get trapped, unless of course, you don’t have any timeouts remaining.  The timeout called by Webber, which the team didn’t have, resulted in a technical foul.  This gave North Carolina two free throws and the ball, eventually giving the Tarheels a  four point lead with only a couple seconds left.  Game over. 

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