Friday May 29, 2009

Welcome to another edition of Today’s Sports Update, sports fans! I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. We have a lot to cover regarding the NBA playoffs, baseball, and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) news. It’s overloaded with NBA news as we backtrack to why the NBA post-season is in its current state.

If you are not watching the NBA Playoffs, something is wrong with you. This has been one of the most competitive post-seasons yet. Let’s recap:

  1. The Celtics survived one seven-game encounter with the Bulls only to lose another seven-game series to the Magic.
  2. The Cavaliers cruised in their first two series against the Pistons and 76ers only to face elimination against the Magic.
  3. The Lakers survived a dogfight with the Rockets only to battle the Nuggets in another one.
  4. Meanwhile, the Nuggets beat the Spurs and Mavericks. They exceeded everyone’s expectations, including their owner’s.

Right now, the match-ups are getting harder to pick. The Cavs gave themselves breathing against the Magic. The Lakers & Nuggets have heated battles that have escalated in harsh fouls (both technical and flagrant). Who will rise to become the next NBA Champions of the world?

Baseball has had a topsy-turvy start. Many thought the Yankees would be destroyed by A-Rod’s steroid scandal, but they were wrong. Many thought Manny Ramirez’s suspension would hurt the Dodgers, but they were wrong. The first two months of the season has shown that there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all. It is early in the season, but not one team has emerged as a dominant favorite. Plus, early American League Cy Young contenders in Royals P Zach Grenkie and Blue Jays P Roy Halladay continue to be nearly unstoppable with 8 victories by each. Everyone’s in the mix, as it is a perfect time to watch America’s pastime.

In MMA news, UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
did not disappoint. In a battle for the Light-Heavyweight Championship, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida became the new champion after knocking out Rashad “Sugar” Evans in the second round. Many experts believe that the Machida era is upon the MMA world. He is undefeated, a record a 15-0. He has victories over Evans, former Middleweight champion Rich Franklin, current Lightweight champion BJ Penn, and former Light-Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. The reason Machida is undefeated is opponents cannot figure out his karate style. If Machida can hold on to the belt for a significant reign, then his legacy could be cemented as one of the greats.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

Remember the “redeem team” during last year’s Summer Olympics? Well, they are still prominent even in this year’s post-season. Nearly every top player was amazed with Kobe Bryant’s work routine while they were teammates. It carried over to the playoffs. It’s why LeBron James and Dwight Howard became inspired to become better players. James later became the MVP, and Howard became the NBA Defensive Player of the year. It also spread to Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, as they got their teams to exceed everyone’s expectations. Kobe Bryant has become the elder statesman to his peers, which is ironic for the former MVP. It was Bryant that was one of the first successful rookies that was compared to Michael Jordan. Now, it’s Bryant carrying the stick and leading the next generation into a new era. Now, each of them (with the exception of Wade) has the chance to become world champions.

Congratulations To:

  1. Jose Canseco brought us another embarrassing sports moment. He lost in his MMA debut in Japan and blamed it on a knee injury. Of course he did. Don’t blame it on the height advantage of your opponent (7’2″), or the fact that he was better than you. Period
  2. Speaking of debacles, congrats to WWE for painting the Denver Nuggets as the “heels” (bad guys). Vince McMahon had an actor play Nuggets owner E. Stan Kronkie and bad-mouthed him in front of the audience. This happened over Kronkie booking WWE Raw at the same date as a Nuggets playoff game against the Lakers. This all could have been avoided if Kronkie had more faith in his team.

Final Thoughts:

Kobe Doing Work is a narrative directed by Spike Lee and narrated by Bryant. Bryant voices over a 2008 Lakers game against the Spurs. The game was essential to both teams as the game heavily factored into the Lakers’ post-season spot. Bryant narrates smoothly, revealing his strategy and his personal opinions on players. What works for the film is Bryant willing to go outside the box and talk about everything that happens during the game. Unfortunately, the film suffers from the choice of the game. The Spurs have been known to not give casual fans interested in the NBA. It’s a shame because they have a good team but no face to represent them. If you are a real basketball fan, then you should definitely watch it. It is a must-see for the sports fan.

Well, that’s it for today. Coming soon is our annual NBA Finals Preview, where I will take an in-depth look on our two potential champions. If you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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