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 a long awaited confession, round two of the NFL post-season, and who’s the better defensive player: Darrelle Revis or Charles Woodson. We start with one of the most ridiculous basketball stories ever told.
The Knicks lost to the THUNDER last Tuesday. They could have blamed it on Kevin Durant and his 30 points. Instead, they blamed the Skirvin Hotel is haunted. For years, the Skirvin Hotel has had a history of ghosts and eerie noises. Knicks centers Jared Jeffries and Eddy Curry were the only ones admitting they were scared. A team that should be scared is the Los Angeles Clippers. Their number one draft pick Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the season with an injured left patella tendon. He will have surgery and miss up to six months.
UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn has his next opponent: Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. The two fighters will likely fight at UFC 112 PPV on April 10. Edgar earned his shot by beating Matt Veach via rear naked choke in the tenth season finale of The Ultimate Fighter. Penn is coming off his brutal destruction of Diego Sanchez from this past December. In other news, Efrain Escudero was feared to have a broken arm after a submission loss to Evan Dunham from this past Monday. Escudero did not suffer a broken arm but did have tendon damage. He hopes to fight Dunham again very soon.
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
- Jets WR Braylon Edwards was placed on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct Tuesday. He initially pleaded not guilty in November to misdemeanor assault after he was accused of punching a friend of NBA star LeBron James on Oct. 5 outside a downtown nightclub.
- USC is in trouble for recruitment. Last week, they forfeit their post-season right after giving O.J. Mayo money. Now, current Saints RB and USC alum Reggie Bush could lose his Heisman. Plus, Coach Pete Carroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks. The details are confusing, but expect more as the weeks go along.
- Texas Tech asks court to drop the Mike Leach lawsuit. The university contended Leach is barred from suing the university without a waiver of sovereign immunity from the Texas Legislature. Leach was fired last month for allegedly mistreating a player who had suffered a concussion.
- Suspended Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas might have struck a plea deal with the D.C. authorities. He could avoid jail time. Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession—one count of carrying a pistol without a license—a crime that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The playoffs are set, which means it’s time for the Super Bowl talk to begin. Who will run the table? Well, it’s still too tough to call. After starting the playoffs 1-3 (including a heartbreaking loss for the Packers), we have 4 games that could set the tone for Miami.
Games of the Week:
(6) Baltimore Ravens at (1) Indianapolis Colts: The Ravens looked very impressive in their victory against the Patriots. They travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. NFL MVP Peyton Manning rested long enough as he wants another Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens’ defense versus the Colts’ offense; it’s still an exciting matchup. The Ravens are capable of pulling the upset, but rest is the key.
Prediction: Colts 24-17
(3) Dallas Cowboys at (2) Minnesota Vikings: The Cowboys beat the Eagles in back-to-back blowout fashion. They travel to Minnesota where the Vikings’ offensive line has been shaky. Despite home-field advantage, they face a tough defensive line in Dallas. With all due respect, the Vikings have a running back force that is too tough to handle in Adrian Peterson.
Prediction: Vikings 34-20
Let’s try something completely different. It’s time for:
The Power of the DUE!!!
This segment is about who is due for either a victory or a letdown. We have two games that feature both.
(4) Arizona Cardinals at (1) New Orleans Saints: the Saints have struggled and limped into the #1 seed in the NFC division. The Cardinals are coming off an impressive overtime victory over the Packers. However, their defense blew a 20 point lead which led to overtime in the first place. Since the Saints have struggled as of late, they are DUE for a victory!!!
Prediction: Saints 40-24
(5) New York Jets at (2) San Diego Chargers: both teams are on hot streaks; they both have similar styles. They are both known for their running games and defense. San Diego’s got a seasoned QB in Phillip Rivers, who’s coming off his best year yet. It could be a rough California homecoming for Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Yet the Chargers have won eleven in a row since late October. Therefore, they are DUE to lose!
Prediction: Jets 28-24
Time for the magic man to take over!
Mark McGwire confessed to the world he used steroids during his career. He confessed during an interview with MLB Network’s Bob Costas. The interview is getting ripped apart by speculators, including Jose Canseco. It’s not good when Jose Canseco is appearing to be a viable source for the steroid era. Every official that was a part of this era wants to move on. People like Canseco will not allow this to happen.
Major League Baseball could have settled this years ago during the Mitchell Report and could have released every name on the “104” list. Instead, they want to bury the past quicker than cement drying on a foundation. If you want the steroid era to end, then end it definitively. Don’t make this a conspiracy. DO not make this the next Pete Rose or the Black Sox Scandal. End it: PERIOD! There’s still time to close the book on the steroid era.
- Titans RB Chris Johnson won the NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year. He became the 6th running back in NFL history to run for 2,000 or more yards, joining the likes of Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis.
- Packers CB Charles Woodson won the NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year, which brings us to…
The debate is on for defensive supremacy. Many fans are divided on who should have won the NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year: Packers CB Charles Woodson or Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Jets coach Rex Ryan feels Revis deserved the reward more than Woodson. He has a point; he’s shut down a list of receivers equivalent to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert. Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Randy Moss (twice), and Chad Ochocinco (twice) have all been “banished” to Revis Island, which is becoming a trend. However, the stats do not lie.
Woodson has nine interceptions, three for touchdowns. He’s a veteran leader. His presence makes others shake because he is everywhere. He’s not put on just one man. He wants to take on everyone. Revis has six interceptions, one for a touchdown. Both are valuable to their team, but the right man won the award. A case can be made for both men, but statistically Woodson is the better player. Maybe Revis will surpass Woodson. Only time will tell as both are deserving of the award. Too bad they both can’t be the defensive player of the year.
I also have my annual TSU Awards. 2009 was one of the best years in sports, if not controversial. The winners will be announced the week before the Super Bowl. Here is the list of awards and nominees:
2009 MVP of the year:
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals- 2009 NL MVP http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=405395
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils- broke the record for most shutouts by a goalie http://www.martinbrodeur30.com/
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts- won his 4th NFL MVP, a record for all players. http://www.peytonmanning.com/
Manny Pacquiao- defeated Miguel Cotto and now holds his 7th world title in seven weight classes http://www.hbo.com/boxing/fighters/pacquiao_manny/bio.html
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers- led his team to an NBA Finals victory and won his first NBA Finals MVP award http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kobe_bryant/index.html?nav=page
2009 Female Athlete of the year
Candice Parker, Los Angeles Sparks http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/candace_parker/index.html?nav=page
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals Champions) http://www.nba.com/lakers/
New York Yankees (World Series Champions) http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=nyy
2009 Best Runner-up Team:
Real Sports (HBO) http://www.hbo.com/realsports/index.html
2009 Tough-Man Award:
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys http://www.dallascowboys.com/team/team_biosPlayers.cfm?playerID=457E9D37-95AA-DC76-739645D04E9E5BE2
Who do you think will win? Let me know by leaving me 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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