Friday January 15, 2010

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

PLAYOFFS:

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!

Pure Magic:

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.

Congratulations To:

  1. 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.
  2. Packers CB Charles Woodson won the NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year, which brings us to…

Final Thoughts:

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

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees- led the Yankees to their 27th World Series and broke the all-time record for most hits in franchise history
http://derekjeter.mlb.com/players/jeter_derek/index.jsp

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins- led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup title http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675

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

Tim Tebow, Florida Gators- the former Heisman Trophy winner led the Gators to the BCS 2009 National Championship http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=183484

Winner:

2009 Female Athlete of the year

Candice Parker, Los Angeles Sparks http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/candace_parker/index.html?nav=page

Serena Williams http://www.serenawilliams.com/

Lorena Ochoa http://www.lorenaochoa.com/

Kim Clijsters http://www.kimclijsters.com/

Diana Taurasi http://www.dianataurasi.com/

Winner:

2009 Team of the year:

Florida Gators
(BCS National Champions)
http://www.gatorzone.com/football/

North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA Champions)
http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/unc-m-baskbl-body.html

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals Champions) http://www.nba.com/lakers/

Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl Champions)
http://www.steelers.com/

New York Yankees (World Series Champions) http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=nyy

Pittsburgh Penguins (Stanley Cup Champions) http://penguins.nhl.com/index.html

Winner:

2009 Best Runner-up Team:

Philadelphia Phillies
http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=phi

Boston Red Sox http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=bos

New England Patriots http://www.patriots.com/

San Antonio Spurs http://www.nba.com/spurs/

Orlando Magic http://www.nba.com/magic/index_main.html

Arizona Cardinals http://www.azcardinals.com/

Winner:

2009 Most Favorite Underdog:

Tennessee Titans http://www.titansonline.com/

Cleveland Cavaliers
http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/

New York Jets http://www.newyorkjets.com/

Orlando Magic http://www.nba.com/magic/index_main.html

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ana

Winner:

2009 Best Supporting Player:

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets http://www.nfl.com/players/darrellerevis/profile?id=REV515344

Hideki Matsui, New York Yankees http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=425686

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=121250

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers http://www.nba.com/playerfile/pau_gasol/index.html

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers http://www.nfl.com/players/charleswoodson/profile?id=WOO661523

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans http://www.nfl.com/players/chrisjohnson/profile?id=JOH127799

Winner:

Most Emotional Moment:

Derek Jeter breaks the all-time Yankee hits franchise record on September 11th.

Chad Ochocinco prays for fallen teammate Chris Henry after his TD against San Diego in Week 15.

Randy Couture gets a standing ovation in his own hometown before his fight against Antonio Noguerra.

Rickey Henderson gives a heart-felt speech at his Hall of Fame induction.

Winner:

Worst Character/Teammate:

Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=120903

Serena Williams

Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins http://www.nfl.com/players/alberthaynesworth/profile?id=HAY746506

Tiger Woods http://web.tigerwoods.com/index

Winner:

Dishonorable Organization of Shame Award:

New York Mets

Cleveland Browns

Winner:

Honorary Goodwill Award (All nominees receive this award):

NBA Players Kevin Garnett & Alonzo Mourning

MLB Players Derek Jeter & David Wright

NFL Players Drew Brees & DeMarcus Ware

2009 Best Coach/Manager:

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=nyy&coachorstaffid=114833

Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=ana&coachorstaffid=121919

Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=phi&coachorstaffid=1030104143220

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers http://www.nba.com/coachfile/phil_jackson/

Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals http://www.azcardinals.com/team/coaches/ken-whisenhunt/e9efa25c-a1a6-4cd3-ac14-8f59cefc04f9

Urban Meyer, Florida Gators http://www.gatorzone.com/football/bios.php?year=2008&staff=meyer

Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/saban_nick00.html

Winner: Scioscia

2009 Rookie of the Year:

Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4615

J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8061

Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8469

Andrew Bailey, Oakland Athletics http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/8440

Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings http://www.nfl.com/players/percyharvin/profile?id=HAR829482

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans http://www.nfl.com/players/briancushing/profile?id=CUS363261

Winner:

2009 Comeback Player of the Year:

Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings http://www.officialbrettfavre.com/

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees http://arod.mlb.com/players/rodriguez_alex/index.jsp

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals http://www.ochocinco.com/home/

Tom Brady, New England Patriots http://www.tombrady.com/

Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=425844

Winner:

2009 Best Sports Show:

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights (Spike TV) http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=tuf.home

Inside The NFL (Showtime) http://sports.sho.com/infl/

Sportsnation (ESPN) http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/

The Ultimate Fighter: Team USA vs. Team UK (Spike TV) http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=tuf.home

Centerstage with Michael Kay (YES Network)
http://web.yesnetwork.com/schedule/programs/centerstage/index.jsp

Real Sports (HBO) http://www.hbo.com/realsports/index.html

Winner:

2009 Most Overrated Player:

Eddy Curry, New York Knicks
http://www.nba.com/playerfile/eddy_curry/index.html

Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=501955

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys http://www.tonyromo9.com/

Dre Bly, San Francisco 49ers http://www.nfl.com/players/dre%27bly/profile?id=BLY069214

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=217096

Winner: Jones had not one but TWO bad seasons as a Dodger.

2009 Most Underrated Player:

Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers http://www.chargers.com/team/roster/philip-rivers.htm

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat http://www.dwyanewade.com/

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics http://www.nba.com/playerfile/rajon_rondo/index.html

Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
http://www.nba.com/playerfile/lamar_odom/index.html

Winner:

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

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Manny Pacquiao

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=261

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic http://www.nba.com/playerfile/dwight_howard/index.html

Winner:

2009 Best MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Champion:

Lyoto “Dragon” Machida (UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion)

Anderson “Spider” Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)

Fedor Emelianenko(Heavyweight Champion)

George “Rush” St. Pierre (former UFC Welterweight Champion)

B.J. Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)

Winner:

2009 Top MMA Contender:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (light-heavyweight)

Frank Mir (heavyweight)

Dan “Hollywood” Henderson (middleweight)

Dan Hardy (welterweight)

Vitor Belfort (middleweight)

Winner:

2009 Most shocking moment:

Brett Favre returns to play for two more years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Lyoto Machida beats Rashad Evans for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title.

Manny Ramirez serves a 50-game suspension for violating the MLB’s drug policy.

David Ortiz is one of the 104 names that failed a drug test in 2003, which was released to the press.

A serious illness forces UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar to take time off since last year.

Tiger Woods takes an indefinite leave of absence from golf.

Nate Robinson beats Dwight Howard to win the Sprite Rising Star Slam Dunk Competition.

Winner:

Last, but not Least, the Most Impressive Performance Award (by a Player or Team):

The New York Yankees even the season series against the Red Sox after falling behind a 0-8 start.

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in a 4th Quarter drive which was capped by Ben Roethlisberger’s TD pass to Santonio Holmes.

B.J. Penn demolishes both Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez to keep his UFC Lightweight title in resounding fashions.

Manny Pacquiao beats Miguel Cotto in a ten-round TKO victory to claim the WBO Welterweight Title.

The Orlando Magic survives a 7-game playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics.

Winner:

Who do you think will win? Let me know by leaving me a comment below (either on WordPress or Facebook) or email me at spidey23us@yahoo.com. 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.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright @ 2007

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6 thoughts on “Friday January 15, 2010

    • OMG..those TSU nominees are great…how do we vote? U know any Yankee is on my list then I see others to win too like the boxer who beat Cotto.
      Anyway, each week it looks better and better. Keep up the great work…you got a talent, Hound
      TS

      • Actually, I’m just interested in your opinion. It’s not a process by popular vote. I want to see where the fans’ heads are at. Just write down your picks; no explanation needed.

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