13 April 2013

What is next for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers?

In case you missed it last night, Kobe Bryant, while leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a clutch 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors, suffered a torn Achilles tendon that will sideline the guard for six to nine months. So what is next for not just Bryant but also the Lakers, as they fight for a playoff spot?

Should Tiger Woods withdraw from the Masters?

On the 15th hole yesterday at Augusta, Tiger Woods nailed the flagstick on his approach shot and his ball then went into the drink. He then took a drop but he broke the rules in doing so. In the case of a water hazard, a player is allowed to drop the ball in a designated drop zone, drop the ball in the original sport where it was hit or drop it in a direct line from the flag to where the ball hit the water. As Jay Busbee points out, he combined the latter two options. Since Woods had already signed his scorecard without an two-stroke penalty for an improper drop, as per the rules for signing an incorrect scorecard, the result would be a disqualification. Of course that's a ridiculous rule, but it is the rule. But due to some other rules, Woods was not disqualified this morning, only given what should have been the original penalty of two strokes and is now at -1 and will tee off today at 1:45.

However, there have been calls for Woods to withdraw himself, including strong words from two-time Masters champion and CBS/Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo and from fellow Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. Both state that Woods knows he violated the rule and therefore should pull out. While I do think that Woods should have been disqualified no matter how absurd the rules are, I would not go far enough to say that he should withdraw.

12 April 2013

Watch Brian Kenny DESTROY Hawk Harrelson on sabermetrics

Personally, I don't get all of the hate and reluctance of so many of the baseball community towards sabermetrics. I mean, it's 2013, there is no reason not to embrace the wave of newer statistical methods. And so when noted clown Hawk Harrelson made some dumb comments about sabermetrics, including how it "got a lot of people fired," because nobody got fired when using traditional methods, my boy Brian Kenny went after him yesterday and crushed his reasoning, showcasing the amount of success the Rays, A's and Red Sox have had with the newer methods. Let's go to the videotape.

11 April 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft: 13th Edition

We are counting down now to two weeks until the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock at Radio City Music Hall and the 2013 NFL Draft commences. We are seeing a lot of movement for a variety of players, including Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, which should make it quite interesting to see how the draft plays out. In the meantime, here is my 13th mock.

10 April 2013

2013 MLB on FOX Announcers & Distribution: April 13th

As the 2013 MLB season rolls along, FOX Saturday Baseball is heading into its second edition of the season with another trio of solid baseball games. Much of the country will see Braves visiting our nation's capital to take on the Nats, while others will see the Giants and Cubs duke it out at Wrigley or the Rays visiting the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Continue reading for distribution splits and announcing assignments.

Why the NRA 500 is not a bad thing

NASCAR and the Texas Motor Speedway have come under fire of late for accepting the National Rifle Association for sponsoring Saturday night's race, the seventh race of the season. The sponsorship was announced a month ago and it has courted its fair share of controversy as the NRA is a key player in the gun debate that is currently being had in this country just months after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

While it is a touch subject, I do not think that allowing the NRA to sponsor a NASCAR race is a bad idea and here is why.

Should Tianlang Guan, at the ripe old age of 14, be playing in the Masters?

Lang with Tom Watson
You want to feel old? There is a player in the Masters that is too young to be play golf in high school, should be in the eighth grade and even brought some homework with him. Yes, Chinese golfer Tianlang Guan is all of 14 years old but as a result of winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, he is making history this week as the youngest player ever to play in the Masters. He is the youngest player to play in any Major since the 1865 Open Championship. Yes, you read that right.

As you do not see a player this young play in any tournament that often, let alone the biggest tournament in the sport, there has been a lot of media focus on Tianlang and whether or not a player his age should be in this tournament. I, however, disagree with those who say he should not be playing in this tournament because of the simple fact that Tianlang deserves to be here.

This latest LeBron James slam is insane

Getty Images
LeBron James, is there anything that guy cannot do? If you had any doubt towards the answer of that question, check out this ridiculous self alley-oop last night against the Bucks where he fakes like he's going toward the hoop, pulls it back down and tosses it off the backboard. Delicious. Let's go to the videotape.

09 April 2013

2013 Masters Preview

Let's be honest, there is nothing quite like the Masters and I know I say that every year but you know it is true. It is the most prestitious tournament in all of golf and it is one that results in immortality for every winner. The iconic green jacket is what all the golfers are aiming for this weekend at Augusta, but who will win it?

One Shining Moment 2013

Kevin Ware cutting down the nets
And just like that, March Madness has concluded with the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals coming out on top over the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76. There is only one way to conclude the NCAA Tournament, not Charles Barkley rocking a poorly-fitting shirt, but with One Shining Moment as performed by the incomparable Luther Vandross. Let's go to the videotape and celebrate the 2013 NCAA Tournament one last time.

08 April 2013

Should Chris Webber be at the NCAA Championship tonight?

What has developed into one of the bigger stories regarding the NCAA Tournament Final tonight between Michigan and Louisville (here is my prediction) has nothing to do with the players on the court tonight but instead surrounding someone who left Ann Arbor 20 years ago. Jalen Rose made headlines in a BS Report podcast by urging Chris Webber to attend, along with the rest of the Fab Five, tonight's NCAA Championship in Atlanta. Rose said this morning he was waiting to hear back from Webber but it does not seem likely that Webber will be in attendance, even as the game takes place in the town where he works for Turner and NBATV.

Webber has stayed away from his alma mater after become embroiled in major allegations regarding his and others' connections with booster Ed Martin, allegations that resulted in the vacation of the Final Four appearance in 1992, the entire 1992-1993 season, placing the program on probation as well as the program disassociating itself from Webber for ten years (which ironically concludes today). Rose believes that Webber is staying away because he is still haunted by his infamous "timeout" in the 1993 National Championship when the team didn't have any left, resulting in a technical foul that all but wrapped up the title for North Carolina.

Honestly, I feel that Webber should be in attendance tonight in the Georgia Dome and here is why.

2013 Masters: TV Schedule & Announcers

As Jim Nantz would say, the Masters is a tradition unlike any other. Multiple networks will provide broadcast coverage of golf's first and most prestigious major this week into the weekend from Augusta on CBS, ESPN, CBS Sports Network, ESPN3D as well as on Masters Live online. Let's take a look at the coverage plans. 

07 April 2013

Will the Lakers or the Jazz get the last playoff spot in the West?

The days are numbered in the 2012-13 NBA season and the only race remaining with real playoff implications is the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz, with the Dallas Mavericks still in the mix but a long-shot, are battling hard to get into the postseason. Who will get in?

2013 Final Four: National Championship Game Prediction

It will be Louisville and Michigan, who both survived a nail-biter against Wichita State and Syracuse respectively, who will duke it out Monday night in Atlanta for the national championship. Who will be the last time to be left dancing?