Sunday, February 8, 2015

North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith passes away

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Former all time leader in men's division 1 college basketball, Dean Smith, died peacefully on Saturday Feb 8, 2015 at his home with family and friends close by his side. Smith retired the all time leader in wins, 2nd in total final fours with 11 and won 2 national titles along with coaching some of the greatest if not THE greatest player in basketball history in Michael Jordan. The Tar Heels to this day play in the "Dean Dome" as a tribute to their all time great coach who still resided in Chapel Hill.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Washington Redskins make a splash with their new hire

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The Redskins have done it again....they are the big story in the NFL today and they aren't even in the playoffs. After a sub-par comeback season by Robert Griffin III and a combination of bad play in all facets of the game the Redskins hired first time NFL head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was a head coach in the Arena Football League previously for 2 different teams and was actually elected to their Hall Of Fame back in 1999.

There is a big difference between the arena league and the NFL obviously and the Redskins are still comfortable making this change from longtime coach Mike Shanahan who has had 3 disappointing seasons. Owner Daniel Snyder has now hired 6 different head coaches in the 15 years he has owned the team...and that's the most of any team during that period. The hiring and firing of a head coach is exactly the type of unstable enviroment that players hate. When a new coach is hired he brings his own philosophy and playbook. Players must adjust and sometimes learn an entire new system. Stability is something the great teams seem to all have in their head coaches...some examples are teams like the Patriots, Saints, 49ers, and Seahawks.

The Redskins def took a step back this season and it all started with loudmouth, pre-Madonna, quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 is the epitome of what the typical high maintenance NFL quarterback is. He failed to return to his form from the previous season and was eventually benched for backup QB Kurt Cousins.

Whether the Skins did that to make a point to Robert, hoping they could raise Cousins trade value or a little bit of both the fact of the matter is if Griffin isn't going to be running that spread option he ran so perfectly the last year when he lit up the entire league with over 3,000 yards passing, 20 TD's through the air and another 7 with over 800 yards. The problem he's facing is the league had a chance to scout him and prepare for the option, these are professional athletes getting paid millions of dollars on the defensive site of the ball too, and they were more then prepared this time. Combine that with the erratic play of RG3 and the Redskins fell to a miserable 3-13 after taking the league by storm the previous year taking the NFC East title with a 10-6 record.

Oh how the mighty have fallen....

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The university of North Carolina is one of if not THE best college basketball program in the country....some would go with UCLA or Kentucky but for me its no doubt the Tar Heels are the best. The problem is they sure as hell aren't playing like it. With a handful of top 100 recruits every year to re-stock their system when players leave for the NBA early after their freshmen year they should be a top 10 team. PERIOD. Looking at them on paper I would never see them losing to a team like Miami....Good Ol Roy Williams teams always seem to have a problem with teams that are lanky and athletic. Miami is one of those teams. Hopefully they move on and start blending together better on the court.

The Tar Heels are 3-0 versus ranked teams yet have lost 3 times to teams that don't have a single McDonald's All American, while they have 4. Yes they are dealing with injuries along with the surprising dismissal of PJ Hairston who was their best outside shooter and ready to have a monster year. Hairston was lighting up the summer league and poised to have his best year yet but after 2 public arrests in which he was driving a car that was rented by a known drug dealer put the pressure on the team to make a statement. Unfortunately for North Carolina they don't have another guy to just throw into that 2 guard spot that has the shooting ability of Hairston.  He's big, strong, powerful and he has a beautiful touch from outside....  

Nobody is still thinking about the 3 teams ranked that you beat, remember it's a what have you done for me lately kind of school, and the only thing they have done lately is LOSE. and LOSE TO TEAMS THAT SHOULDN'T EVEN MAKE THE NCAA TOURNEY!

LET'S GO TAR HEELS!!!