Welcome to a brand new edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you the latest news in all of sports with a fresh insight. We have some Tiger news, my opinions on the AP’s (Associated Press) Athletes of the Year and Decade, and my latest picks for this season. We start with the NBA’s Christmas Spectacular.
Five games were played on Christmas Day and Night, with shocking events in two notable games. The Knicks may have lost to the Heat, but they still played well enough to keep it close (Heat 93-87). It seems they are one or two key players away from becoming a viable threat to the NBA East. It also appears Nate Robinson is being used as trade bait. We might see the two-time Slam Dunk Champion in another uniform before the trade block.
Speaking of the East, the Cavaliers looked great last night against the Lakers (102-87). They dominated the Lakers from each side of the court. L.A. fans were discouraged with the referees’ calls, which seemed to favor Cleveland almost every play. Regardless, Cleveland impressed many in the NBA. They want to keep LeBron James after this season. Victories like this one should convince “King James” to stay.
In baseball news, the Yankees may have important pieces to their 2010 campaign (Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon). They have gotten a few new faces, including two familiar to pinstripes: SP Javier Vazquez, 1B/DH Nick Johnson, and CF Curtis Granderson. Red Sox fans are begging to strike back at them even though they picked up P John Lackey and OF Mike Cameron. They are looking at Jason Bay again, who could have signed a long term deal with the Mets for 4 years, $65 million. Bay is still on the market, and the Mets better make a move quick. Most of the big name free agents are gone. Yet, there are still players who can make an impact for any team. For more info on free agents and transactions, go to http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/features/freeagents.
Santa gave me an early Christmas present by going 8-8 with my picks, bringing my total for the season 149-75 (not counting Friday’s game). Here is a recap of last week (the X stands for the picks I got wrong):
|THU, DEC 17||TIME (ET)||
|Indianapolis at Jacksonville||8:20 PM||
|SAT, DEC 19||TIME (ET)||
|Dallas at New Orleans||8:20 PM||
|SUN, DEC 20||TIME (ET)||
|New England at Buffalo||1:00 PM||
|Arizona at Detroit||1:00 PM||
|Miami at Tennessee||1:00 PM||
|Cleveland at Kansas City||1:00 PM||
|Houston at St. Louis||1:00 PM||
|Atlanta at NY Jets||1:00 PM||
|San Francisco at Philadelphia||1:00 PM||
FOX (*) X
|Green Bay at Pittsburgh||1:00 PM||
|Chicago at Baltimore||1:00 PM||
|Cincinnati at San Diego||4:05 PM||
|Oakland at Denver||4:05 PM||
CBS (s.o.) X
|Tampa Bay at Seattle||4:15 PM||
|Minnesota at Carolina||8:20 PM||
|MON, DEC 21||TIME (ET)||
|NY Giants at Washington||8:30 PM||
The Chargers beat the Titans 42-17 last night, while other teams are ready to take their place. The AFC Wild Card picture is: Ravens (8-6), Broncos (8-6), Dolphins (7-7), Jets (7-7), Steelers (7-7), and the Texans (7-7). The NFC Wild Card picture is: Packers (9-5), Cowboys (9-5), and the Giants (8-6). Here are all of my picks for Week 16. The teams that are NOT crossed out are my picks. The s.o. stands for shutout, and the * stand for upset. Both logos will be next to the TV stations:
|FRI, DEC 25||TIME (ET)||TV|
|San Diego at Tennessee||7:30 PM||NFL|
|SUN, DEC 27||TIME (ET)|
|Buffalo at Atlanta||1:00 PM||CBS (s.o.)|
|Kansas City at Cincinnati||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Oakland at Cleveland||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Seattle at Green Bay||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Baltimore at Pittsburgh||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Houston at Miami||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Jacksonville at New England||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Tampa Bay at New Orleans||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Carolina at NY Giants||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Denver at Philadelphia||1:00 PM||CBS (*)|
|St. Louis at Arizona||4:05 PM||FOX|
|Detroit at San Francisco||4:05 PM||FOX|
|NY Jets at Indianapolis||4:15 PM||CBS|
|Dallas at Washington||8:20 PM||NBC|
|MON, DEC 28||TIME (ET)|
|Minnesota at Chicago||8:30 PM||ESPN|
Here’s the game on everyone’s minds.
Game of the Week:
The game of the week is also my upset pick for the week. Both teams need this game for different reasons. The Denver Broncos need the victory to clinch a playoff spot. They also need the Jets, Ravens, Dolphins, Texans, and Steelers to lose. The Philadelphia Eagles need the victory to clinch the NFC East. They also need the Cardinals, Cowboys, and Giants to lose. This game will be about who’s more desperate, and the team that feels the pressure the most is Denver. How could they not when five teams are chasing them?
Prediction: Denver 24-20
Time for the magic man to take over!
Tiger Woods has had a rough year both professionally and personally. He lost the latest PGA tour in one of the biggest upsets in golf history. He also had reports of his “girlfriends,” or what the press dubbed “Tiger’s Harem,” talk about their digressions with him. His wife is now filing for a divorce. Yet, he was rewarded as the AP’s Athlete of the Decade. An athlete is not judged by his personal life but by his professional accomplishments. Unfortunately, the press got it wrong.
Let the Late Night guys bash him on his life, but choosing this man as the athlete of the decade is an insult to every sports fan. What about others that should be worthy of that distinction? Lakers G Kobe Bryant won 4 NBA Titles with the Lakers, a gold medal, and an MVP within this decade. Shaquille O’Neal did the same things (albeit not MVP): 3 titles with Kobe (his 4th with the Heat), a gold medal, and the “ambassador” of the NBA.
Speaking of the Olympics, what about Michael Phelps? He has the most gold medals in history, including shattering Mark Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in one Olympics (Phelps won 8 in Beijing). What about Roger Federer and/or Rafael Nadal? Federer dominated the tennis sport for the early 2000s; Rafael Nadal became the man who took him down.
What about the athletes of baseball? Albert Pujols lifted the Cardinals to superstardom, including a World Series win in 2006. Derek Jeter had two of his great years during this decade (both worth MVP caliber); he started the decade and will end it as champion. What about football? Quarterback Tom Brady brought three Super Bowls to New England. Peyton Manning finally won the big one and solidified himself as one of the greats.
Even boxing and mixed martial arts deserve consideration. Many Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have dominated boxing to the point where those two are the only ones left to fight. MMA fighter Randy Couture became the oldest UFC Heavyweight Champion in its history. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn, and Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre have run the table in their weight classes.
Yes, I missed many more athletes that can be considered for the Athlete of the Decade. My point is Tiger should not have been honored with this award. Many other athletes were more worthy of the award, and it was given to a man who hardly did anything. People will not remember him for his swing; they will remember him and his ten other girlfriends. Meanwhile, those that worked and sacrificed their own well-being will be remembered for decades to come and was pushed aside. It’s a damn shame!
- The Chargers won their 18th straight game in December by beating the Titans 42-17 last night. They also secured a first round bye in the playoffs with a 12-3 record overall.
- The Titans may have lost, but they did not go quietly into the night. Despite starting the season 0-6, they have a chance to end up with at least a .500 record (8-8). Let’s give the team credit, especially Coach Jeff Fisher. He led this team through these tough times and never gave up on them. It would have been very interesting if they made the playoffs this year. Here’s to you, Tennessee Titans. You’ve earned it.
Well, that’s all the time I have for today. If you disagree with anything I say, leave a comment below (either on WordPress or Facebook) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me via LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/seb-maldoando/18/159/a2b). Thanks for reading and good luck with your teams.
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