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Seattle Seahawks reach Super Bowl but Richard Sherman’s interview is the talk of the town

January 20, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history. The season has been filled with 12th man support, defensive intensity, and more success from Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. But football fans are not talking about the big win or the big game in two weeks because this interview with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews is making all the headlines. Just take a look, it explains everything…

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Photo of the Day: “The Block”

June 10, 2013
(Derick E. Hingle - USA TODAY Sports)

(Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports)

…First of all, O.M.G. Second of all, this is what makes Lebron the best player in the world. Finally, I am sorry Tiago Splitter that this happened to you. If you watch the replay over and over again, the timing is what makes this block so amazing. Working with Hakeem Olajuwon in the off season has really paid off for #6 on both ends of the floor. Lebron is a six foot eight monster and plays so aggressive that he can make big plays occur at any moment. Expect more of this throughout the NBA Finals…

The San Francisco 49ers offense and Alex Smith will be dangerous this season

May 24, 2012

2005 #1 pick Alex Smith was looking like a bust heading into the 2011 campaign. Then new coach Jim Harbaugh comes in and look what Alex Smith did. He looked like Andrew Luck leading the 49ers to  a 13-3 record and an NFC West title. Not only are they winning, they added a ton of talent at the wide receiver position.

During mini camp, Alex Smith looked one way, then another, finding open receivers with such ease that the toughest part might’ve been deciding whose turn it was in the rotation.

Smith’s new choices at wide receiver are Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, They zipped all over the field during Wednesday’s pad-free practice, giving the quarterback options he never had last season.

“It’s like waking up on Christmas,” Smith said. “You have a lot of new toys out there, new presents.”

New expectations, too.

Smith ranked 19th in the NFL with a career-high 3,144 yards passing and struggled to find wide receivers in a 20-17 overtime loss in the NFC title game to the eventual champion New York Giants.

One thing the 2005 No. 1 overall pick out of Utah no longer seems to lack: confidence.

“This is the honest truth: I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said. “I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what? You’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half and, yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That’s great. You’re not winning, though.”

New receiver RandyMoss again declined to talk to reporters but has been Smith’s No. 1 target during the open portions of practice and, by all 49ers accounts, has dazzled.

“It’s neat to watch our players watch a guy like Randy that they’ve watched growing up,” Harbaugh said. “And we have two fields. The defensive field’s on the far right and then the offensive field is over here on the left. And I can always see the defensive players will be looking over.”

Said Smith: “The first day, it was surreal out there throwing balls to him. The physical skills everybody knows. The thing you appreciate a lot is the guy’s a true pro. He’s played a lot of football. He’s incredibly smart out there.”

From reading Alex Smith’s quotes and understanding what general manager Trent Baalke are trying to do, it feels like the 49ers are back and are ready to make a move. They realized that last year they could have won the Super Bowl and clearly were the second best team in the league besides the Green Bay Packers that finished 15-1.

Next year will be fun and interesting throughout the whole league but I hope this 49ers team doesn’t adopt the mentality of the Philadelphia Eagles and think they have become a “dream team.” They can be the best team in the NFC if they believe in Alex Smith and the offense.

The Reason Knicks lost to Heat: Lack of Patience down the stretch

April 16, 2012

(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Watching the Knicks vs. Heat game today on ABC was really entertaining and could potentially be a playoff match up between these two squads. There was a lot to learn from this game today at Madison Square Garden. The key thing was the lack of patience the Knicks had at the end of the game on the offensive end.

The last six out of seven possessions with four minutes remaining were three pointers. The Knicks were only down three with 4:43 remaining in the game and Carmelo decided to chuck a three. The lack of patience to try to get to the basket or get a better look was killing them tonight. Granted, Carmelo did have 42 points on the game but he didn’t perform down the stretch like the Knicks need him too. In order to beat the Hear and the Bulls, #7 needs to be the best player on the floor. That doesn’t only mean offense. I am also talking about assists, and rebounds, and free throws.

But let’s get back to today’s Heat game. I am really worried about the Knicks point guard play without Jeremy Lin in for quite sometime. They have been able to get away with Baron Davis and Mike Bibby for the past few games but in today’s spotlight game it really showed their weakness. Baron Davis had 5 huge turnovers and one costly down the stretch. That impatience at the end of game could cost the team a chance to make a run to the NBA Finals.

Finally, I want to know if that was the strategy of Mike Woodson. Was it take 30 three pointers today and make them rain, or get to the basket and force Wade and Lebron into foul trouble? They got to the free throw line early but lost that confidence once they stopped rebounding the basketball.

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It’s a big concern to me and Knicks fans all around the country because this team has potential; they just need to make smarter decisions. And six three pointers with four minutes remaining is not a smart move in any type of game.

St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring features “Rally Squirrel”

April 16, 2012

The Cardinals received their World Series rings before Saturday’s game, and each ring includes the player’s name, number and the years of the Cardinals’ 10 previous championships.

They also include a tiny squirrel running across home plate.

In Game 4 of last year’s NL Division Series, a squirrel darted across home plate during Skip Schumaker‘s at-bat — and the Busch Stadium crowd went wild.

Cardinals fans adopted the critter’s image throughout the playoffs, when it was seen on T-shirts, memorabilia and images on stadium screens.

Earlier this year, a short-printed variant of Schumaker’s Topps baseball card focused on the squirrel.

The rings, designed and produced by Jostens, feature faceted rubies, a 14 karat yellow gold frame and 103 round diamonds.

The underside lists the three playoff series scores and the words “Happy Flight,” the Cardinals’ clubhouse rallying cry last season.

“We are excited to present the 2011 team with their rings,” owner Bill DeWitt III said in a statement. “We worked hard to design a ring that would tell the epic story of 2011, and also pay tribute to the great history of the franchise.”

These rings are really cool because of the personalization. Having the writing “Happy Flight” on the inside and the rally squirrel on the outside gives the team an identity and makes the ring special. Besides being World Champions, they are known for these stories. I think more teams need to use this type of thinking when making rings because it could make them more personal and fun so people like Brandon Jacobs don’t sell their ring for extra cash. I think the Cardinals run in 2011 was so memorable that it garnished this type of ring. If it weren’t for the squirrel, where would they be…

Big East Quarterfinal: Marquette falls to Notre Dame 1-0

October 31, 2011

MUTV Sport’s own Donnie Dwyer went down to Valley Fields to report on the Women’s Soccer Big East Quarterfinal match. After a season of success and nothing but winning, they met their rival in Notre Dame and fell by a score of 1-0. The team now awaits until the NCAA tournament rolls around when they get a seed and a location…

Time to rally in St. Louis! The Rally Squirrel comes to life

October 12, 2011

Via ESPN:

Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals are going nuts for the Rally Squirrel.

The team plans to distribute 40,000 rally towels with a squirrel motif for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night against Milwaukee. In addition, stuffed Rally Squirrels are available for $5 at the Busch Stadium team store, along with “Got Squirrel” T-shirts and additional rally towels.

“I think it’s good. The fans are having fun,” said La Russa, the Cardinals’ buttoned-up manager. “And I really believe that. This is not old-school, and I know I am in many ways, but I think there’s so much attention and pressure on the players that sometimes they don’t show their happiness.”

La Russa is as serious as they come on game day. Yet he’s enjoying all the fuss over the Rally Squirrel.

“I’ve really gotten over getting upset over it. Sometimes I think it’s a release. So I think it’s fun,” he said.

It all started during the division series against Philadelphia when a squirrel, or squirrels, was seen scampering around the field — in both cities.

Twice, with a twinkle in his eye, La Russa has suggested that the squirrel or squirrels was dating utility man Allen Craig‘s pet tortoise, Torty, and that the squirrel was looking for Torty when it scooted past home plate just as Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt made a pitch to Skip Schumaker.

“As far as the squirrel and the tortoise is concerned, they had this relationship, so I think it first came out there because Craig wasn’t playing, and his boyfriend told him or girlfriend or whatever it was,” La Russa said. “And this squirrel was looking for Craig, ran all over, finally found him.”

There’s also a prolific Torty Twitter feed, accompanied by a photo of a turtle wearing a Cardinals cap on a rock. Craig denies any involvement.

“I have no idea, I swear,” Craig said. “Somebody started a Torty account and that’s that.”

There were no squirrel sightings at Busch Stadium on Tuesday as the Cardinals and Brewers prepared for Game 3.

Cardinals officials said they had nabbed four of the critters in humane cages since the team went on the road — one of them on the walkway in center field beyond the pasture and another near the Brewers’ dugout.

I am not gonna lie, this is pretty awesome! I like how they are selling the shirts and towels for 5 dollars. That is very reasonable and I think fans will certainly run to get those when the gates open. But one thing that bothers me about this whole situation is it reminds me a lot of the 2002 Anaheim Angels and their Rally Monkey. Granted, yes it did win them a World Series but on the other hand, it really got annoying for other fans watching the games. While I think this is a great idea for the fans, the team, and the playoffs, I don’t think that it would be good to overhaul the viewers on television and Brewers fans about this big deal. Yes, its great entertainment. But no, you can’t take it over the edge. The reason for that is you will never know when “Beast Mode” might come in and ruin the parade…