Friday, December 30, 2011

Tebow Drinks Here......No Gods adopted son isn't a fall down drunk, just energy drinks for this guy!

+Joshua Hastings

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If I owned a bar in the Denver area, no, if I owned a bar anywhere in Colorado, no, if I owned a bar in the area of Denver, around Denver, around Colorado even I would be adding Tim Tebow gimmicks constantly. Everything from raffles, Tebow trivia, giveaways, naming part of menu or an item, making drink, and whatever else you can think of to take advantage of the Tebow craze while you can.

The Tim Tebow craze isn't going to last forever Denver. Who knows if he is even going to be with the Broncos next year, or the year after or long-term? Even if he leaves i'm sure he will leave a positive impression so anything Tebow won't hurt but right not it is climbing still and if they make the playoffs behind him it will only grow. 

Get it now while you still can, before the bar down the street beats you to it. This article talks about the "Shag Lounge" which posted "Tebow Drinks Here" on it's sign in big letters outside welcoming patrons to come enjoy a drink where their famous adopted son downs FRS Energy Drinks. It's a great idea but i'd imagine since they didn't change the name at all unless they asked him prior then I bet his PR people let him know it's not the best idea to seemingly promote drinking. With his squeaky clean image of a role model complete with the abstaining from sex until marriage, alcohol just doesn't fit the mold as something i'd suggest.

Kobe was once again Superman

Lakers Beat Knicks AGAIN....

For the 9th straight time the LA Lakers topped the New York Knicks and this one was across the country in LALA Land. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points to push the Lakers to their second consecutive win after starting 0-2 and hearing the talk around shows, radio, newspapers, and fans. It seems like yearly he and the Lakers have to deal with talk of aging pieces and the possibility of a rival surpassing them only to post a solid top 1-2 record in the western conference.

Pau Gasol had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to offset Knicks star Amare Stoudemire.  Gasol was able to match his production of 15 points without putting up the awful 4-17 shooting night that Amare did either. The other part of the big 2 for New York, Carmelo Anthony, put in a Knicks high of 28. This was Anthony's first match-up with the Lakers and Kobe since being traded to the Knicks at the end of last year from the Nuggets.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Florida State ends dissapointing season on a high note

Going into halftime the Florida State Seminoles looked overwhelmed, overmatched, outcoached, and their group of freshmen offensive line were almost helpless against the relentless pass rush of Notre Dame. But there is a 2nd half in college football unfortunately for Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly. 

After being outscored 7-0 after the first 30 minutes the Seminoles looked like a different team. Notre Dame came out of the tunnel and quickly scored to move the lead to 14-0 but that was the last points the Seminoles would give up.The offensive line that gave up 5 sacks in the first half grew up during the break and came out ready to go and did a great job pass-blocking for athletic QB EJ Manuel. Manuel and Florida State put up 18 straight unanswered points to end the game and finished with an 18-14 hard fought win.

+Joshua Hastings

Red Sox trade leaves Bard stuck in 8th inning role with Andrew Bailey trade

The Boston Red Sox made their biggest roster move yet since losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies with their trade of OF Josh Reddick, IF prospect Miles Head and Minor League Pitcher Ryan Alcantara for All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Sweeney. 

The centerpieces of this deal were obviously Bailey and Reddick who are both expected to be used heavily with their new major league clubs. Reddick should be looking to fill a starting outfield spot with the A's losing 2 of their starting outfielders already to free agency and the third is not expected back. 

Andrew Bailey has been an all-star twice in 2009 and 2010 after winning the Rookie of the Year vote also. He's young and still in his prime at the age of 27 but has had some injury problems in the past few years after Tommy John Surgery in 2006. He's had minor problems the last two years and had a small procedure after 2010. Look for the Red Sox to go easy with Bailey this Spring after he was possibly asked to do too much too early and had a setback last year to start.

The Red Sox can't afford for Bailey to be missing regular season games while they are rebuilding their relief staff. The Yankees already picked up Hidecki Okajema who was a star with the Sox in their last world series run but has lost some of his deceptiveness now that hitters have seen him several times.

Overall I love this pick-up for the Red Sox and I think it's pretty good for the A's overall also since they are looking to get younger and rebuild again. They are always looking to keep payroll down so Reddick is certainly a great pickup after the last year he had in a reserve and fill-in roll for the struggling JD Drew.

+Joshua Hastings

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another year another coach says goodbye to Edwards.

Don't look now but that talented, controversial, maligned receiver Braylon Edwards has been released by the San Francisco 49ers football team

Edwards had surgery on his right knee earlier in the year and that has limited his time to work with quarterback Alex Smith to develop that relationship that it takes to really connect in the NFL on broken plays and such, the kind of relationship that you see with players like Manning and Reggie Wayne. That's believable, and i'm sure the rehab has hurt his ability to build that trust with teammates, coaches, and everyone else on the new team but still.

In Edwards short career he has bounced around from team to team and def hasn't gotten rave reviews on his way out the door. I understand the injuries are out of his control, but he's a guy that has always brought with him the whispers about dedication and work ethic. Well, don't dedication and work ethic include preparing for when you take the field too? Getting to the stadium a few hours early so you can get all of the stretching in before the rest of the pregame drills with the coaches and team is something that's important. Working out with the trainer to really build up your core muscles to prime condition so that way your at a lesser risk for injuries is another part of being a NFL player, making it to the highest levels of competition in the world.

You can't take shortcuts if you want to really be something in those leagues here in the U.S. I don't personally know for a fact what the situation is surrounding this particular injury. I don't know whether he was handling the little things to make sure he was in top physical condition. Maybe he was the leader at off-season workouts and was making it into the gym first everyday and putting in twice the work at rehab and this was just bad luck? I'm just saying there's some questions that maybe we should ask when a player that's shown so much talent and ability in flashes can't stick on a team? Why a player that showed domination at times against the best players in the world, and then against a 3rd string cornerback comes up with 1 catch for 9 yards?

I loved watching Braylon Edwards when he played at Michigan. He used to come up with 1 or 2 HUGE plays EVERY SINGLE GAME, and it wasn't like he had an NFL quarterback making pinpoint passes. It was Edwards making highlight reel catches, keeping the Wolverines relavent as they were losing group more and more to Ohio State.

Edwards needs a coach that is going to put him in the spots to thrive on a team with a proven quarterback. He needs a quarterback that is going to not baby him when he misses a team meeting or drops a pass, he's gotta know when he's in the wrong spot, he's got to hear in from his quarterback when he drops a pass but he needs that quarterback to take him aside after and show him where he's got to be. A quarterback that he's close with off the field so they can build that trust, build that bond, so that on gameday they are on the same page.

Let's hope Edwards can find a home on an NFL team......and stop just renting apartments.

+Joshua Hastings