Tuesday February 12, 2008


Welcome to an exciting edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. A lot of juicy headlines made it to this week’s update, and the debut of a brand new segment is all up ahead.

The NBA All Star Weekend shows up this weekend. Here are your All Star rosters:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Starters:

F Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) led all players in voting.

F LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)

C Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)

G Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)

G Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat)

Reserves:

G Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons)

F Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors)

F Caron Butler (Washington Wizards)

G Richard Hamilton (Detroit)

F Antawn Jamison (Washington)

G Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks)

G Paul Pierce (Boston)

F Rasheed Wallace (Detroit) will replace Garnett because of an abdominal strain.

Head Coach: Doc Rivers (Boston)

Western Conference All-Stars

Starters:

F Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)

F Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

C Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)

G Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) led the Western Conference in voting.
G Allen Iverson (Denver)

Reserves:

F Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz)

G Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)

F Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

G Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)

G Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)

F David West (New Orleans)

C Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix)

Head Coach: Byron Scott (New Orleans)

The NBA All Star Weekend kicks off Friday with the “Rookies Vs Sophomores” game. The 3 Point Shootout champion Jason Kapono (Toronto) will defend his title in what could be the most star-studded match-up in a while. Kapono will take on Kobe, Nash, Peja Stojakovic (New Orleans), Daniel Gibson (Cleveland), and Richard Hamilton. Dwayne Wade will also be returning to defend his Playstation Skills Challenge Title. The competition is very tough as three of the best point guards will take Wade on. They include Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams (Utah). The Sprite Slam Dunk Challenge will allow the fans to pick the winner. Howard (mentioned earlier) will take on defending champion Gerald Green (Minnesota Timberwolves), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), and Jamario Moon (Toronto).

Johan Santana is a Met. The Mets got the pitcher for practically nothing. Nice dealing, Twins. If Santana is in ace form, then this deal could be the steal of 2008. Yet, many people don’t think that the Mets are a lock to win it all. Their chances increased when they got Santana, but they are not the team to beat in their division. Even Met 3B David Wright and closer Billy Wagner agree with the experts. Meanwhile, the New York Post has reported that Yankees pitcher and rookie sensation Joba Chamberlain will start the season in the bullpen.

Time for the issues to be heard in:

The Athlete’s Court:

This brand new segment will keep you updated on the sports issues in court. The Clemens & McNamee soap opera has been taken to new lows. Let’s sum up what happened over these ten days:

  1. McNamee has syringes from 2000.
  2. McNamee mentions that Clemens’ wife took HGH for a Sports Illustrated photo spread.
  3. Clemens meets with the senators separately, causing suspicion.
  4. Andy Pettite’s deposition supports McNamee’s claim.
  5. John Rocker states that Bud Selig and the Rangers organization knew that Rocker was on the juice.

Only time will tell if Rocker or anyone involved in this case is telling the truth. Plus, keep posted for other case work, including “Spy-Gate” and Barry Bonds.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

It’s been ten days after Super Bowl XLII. The afterglow of the game is still fresh in the city of New York. Why shouldn’t it be? It is arguably the greatest Super Bowl of all time. We know the story of how the Patriots’ undefeated season was ruined. We know the story of the Giants’ struggles and uncertainties that were overcome on that day. What we should realize is that the city of New York needed a championship MORE than they wanted it. Any championship would have suited “The City That Never Sleeps”, but the Super Bowl is just satisfying. Why is it fulfilling for New Yorkers? Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the first championship for any New York team since 2000. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the first championship for the city since 9/11. Ever since the Giants won, the city has had an extra step. It’s not slow-moving or filled with resentment anymore. The Giants have brought hope to this city. They have become immortals in more ways than one. The drive by Eli, the catch by Tyree, and the last touchdown scored will all be remembered for the rest of our lives. Football analysts were stunned by the upset. The Patriots were left in disarray. Boston was empty on Tuesday, while the parade in City Hall was filled to capacity. The Giants have brought hope to this city, ten days and counting…

Congratulations To:

  1. A pair of upsets happened last night. No. 11 Texas upset No. 3 Kansas, and Washington upset No. 5 UCLA.
  2. Florida Panthers member Richard Zednik is stable after having his carotid artery nearly severed by a teammate’s skate. Let’s all wish Mr. Zednik a speedy and healthy recovery.

Well, that’s it for today. See you later, KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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