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Your Call: Bad Sportsmanship? December 27, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, Sports, Your Call.

During the holidays, I always try to check out some high school basketball tournaments.  Yesterday, I went to a high school girl’s basketball tournament. I arrived late to the game I had planned to watch, as it was already halftime.  The game featured a Division IV team which we will call Team Red, facing a Division I team that we’ll call Team Blue.  As I mentioned before, I arrived to the game at half time.  Team Blue was destroying Team Red 46-5.

At the start of the 2nd half, I noticed Team Blue ran a full court press against Team Red and kept some of their starters in.  They continued to run the full court press the entire 2nd half.  When it was all said it done, Team Blue defeated Team Red with a score of 83-16. There seemed to be no ill will between the coaches and the teams as they shook hands at the end of the game, and no words were exchanged.

So here is the question. Was it bad sportsmanship for Team Blue to continue to run a full court press with most of their starters in the game, or should they have taken the full court press off and not run the score up on Team Red?  Some argue that it’s perfectly fine to continue to run the press because it sends a message to other teams in the tournament. Others however, firmly believe that starters should be taken out, and a full court press should no longer be implemented when the game is out of reach. This is something many high school basketball fans, as well as coaches, have continued to disagree on. It’s Your Call


Your Call: Should Marion Jones’ Teammates Forfeit Their Medals? October 10, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Sports, Track and Field, Your Call.

 Marion Jones with 5 Medals from Sydney Olympic Games

On Monday, Marion Jones forfeited the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, after admitting to using steroids.  Jones also agreed to have all other results dating back to September 1, 2000 to be forfeited.

The three gold medals and the two bronze medals won by Jones are to be handed over to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and then returned to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Chairmen for both the USOC and IOC have expressed that they feel the teammates who won medals with Jones should forfeit their medals as well.  This mean that Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, Tasha Colander-Richardson and Andrea Anderson would have to give up their gold medals in the 1,600 meter relay. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson would forfeit their bronze medals in the 400 meter relay.

Should the teammates of Jones be forced to forfeit their medals because they won with Jones or should they be allowed to keep them because it was soley Jones who used steroids?  It’s your call.

Your Call: Where Does Brett Favre Rank Among All Time Greatest QBs September 17, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Your Call.

Brett FavreOn Sunday, Brett Favre became the all time winningest quarterback in NFL history with a victory over the New York Giants. Favre surpassed Hall of Famer John Elway to become the record holder, totaling 149 career wins. Favre is also closing in on Dan Marino’s records of touchdown passes and pass attempts.

 Here are some other notable stats and achievements of Brett Favre:

  • Named to the NFL 1990’s All Decade Team

  • 8 time Pro Bowler

  • 3 time MVP

  • Most career pass completions

  • 12 consecutive seasons with 20 or more touchdowns

  • 5 consecutive seasons with 30 or more touchdowns

  • Longest touchdown pass (99 yards)

  • Most consecutive 3,000+ yards passing seasons

  • Most consecutive starts

  • Superbowl Champion

While the Brett Favre of today may well be past his prime, one thing is certain, Brett Favre is one of the best quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL. He is a leader, a proven winner, and is as tough as they come. The question is where does he rank among the all time greatest quarterbacks in NFL  history?  It’s your call.


Your Call: Michael Vick Speech Sincere? August 28, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Video, Your Call.

My friends and I have mixed feelings about the speech Michael Vick delivered yesterday.  Some of us tend to believe that he truly was sincere about everything he said, while others did not believe one word that came out of his mouth.  I personally believe that the speech was somewhat sincere. Based on the other speeches we’ve heard in the past by athletes that have been in trouble, that really seemed like it was from the heart.  The only issue I had with the speech was the common  “I found God” part of the speech.  It seems like everyone turns to God when they get into trouble.  What did you think?  It’s your call.





Your Call: T.O. or Randy Moss August 5, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Your Call.

randy-moss.jpgIn this edition of Your Call, it’s the battle of two of the most talented, but most controversial receivers in the NFL.  A debate that has been going on for years now, it’s your call as to who is the better receiver.  Both Randy Moss and Terrell Owens have had their share of bad publicity and harsh criticism.  They are two very different players with two very big egos.  If you had to pick, this would be a very tough decision.

Moss, is a walking touchdown with the ability to stretch the field.  Often double teamed, and sometimes trippled teamed, he somehow finds the ability to jump over defenders to snag down deep passes.  He’s not a very good route runner, and isn’t a receiver that’s comfortable going over the middle, but does find a way to get in the endzone. His speed (even though he may have lost a step), combined with his size is what makes him a freak on the football field.

terrell-owens.jpgTerrell Owens is a physical specimen standing 6’3” and weighing a very strong 225, he is a cornerbacks worst nightmare.  What he lacks in speed, he makes up for in size and strength. Owens is as tough as they come, and is not afraid to go across the middle.  He has a seldom talked about strong work ethic, and always comes into training camp in great shape.

What also makes the choice even harder is the trouble these guys cause for the teams they play for. Both Moss and Owens must have read my post, Pro Athletes: How to Ruin Your Career in 10 Easy Steps.  Between the two of them, here are just some of the most notable incidents: taking plays off, alleged suicide attempts, arrest, talking about your teammates to the media, mooning fans, excessive touchdown celebrations leading to fines, cussing out your coaches and quarterbacks on the sidelines, spraying the refs with a water bottle, not playing as hard because your not getting the ball, and walking off the field before the game is over.

This is a tough decision.  You have two very talented guys that create more problems and distractions than they do touchdowns.  Both are extremely talented and are always a threat.  For some it may not be who is the best player, but who is less of a headache.  It’s your call.


Your Call: Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu July 27, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports, Your Call.

Even though Ed Reed plays Free Safety and Troy Polamalu plays Strong Safety, both are capable of playing either position.  Both Reed and Polamalu are defensive playmakers, they’re both  hard hitters, and both are key components to their teams.  Between the two of them, who would you pick to be your starting Safety?