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Fordham Basketball Ram Town 2013-2014

October 20, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer covers the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Ram Town event Friday October 18, 2013. It was a night filled with skill, dancing, and team spirit. Both teams open up their season on November 8th.

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Photo of the Week: Johnny Manziel Taunt

September 3, 2013
(ESPN.com news services)

(ESPN.com news services)

This is one of the worst things you could do as a Heisman trophy winner and as a star quarterback in college football who just got off on a ridiculous scandal. Texas A&M beat Rice 52-31 and Johnny Manziel had the nerve to start taunting the Rice players after touchdowns. This photo here shows him signing autographs on his hand to the Rice players and then handing it out to them after a score. I am sorry but that is very uncalled for and very immature on his part. I show this photo because it should be a sign to athletes around the country that if you don’t play the game with respect, you will end up looking like #2 in College Station. You definitely don’t want that. The key is learn from your mistakes and get better. We shall see what Mr. Manziel does in week 2…

KISS brings football back to Los Angeles

August 20, 2013

VIA ESPN:

KISS_SeasonTicketsHeaderThe Arena Football League announced last Thursday that it was awarding an expansion team to a group of individuals that includes KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The team, called the LA KISS, will begin playing in March at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

“As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” Simmons said in a statement. “Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

Season tickets, which went on sale Thursday starting at $99, will include a free KISS concert.

While the team will use the band’s logo, it is not known whether the team’s uniforms will be silver and black.

Next season will mark the 27th season for the Arena Football League, which begins its games in March and culminates with the ArenaBowl in August.

As a KISS music fan I have to say that I don’t expect anything less from Gene Simmons. The guy knows how to market his product, manage his money, and get a lot of attention. I think this is going to be good for the sport and good for the Los Angeles area because arena football is like the band KISS (crazy, exciting, and fun). But the next thing I want to see are the design of the football jerseys. KISS is known for their great costumes and makeup so I expect the jerseys to be sweeter than ever. In the end, Arena Football used to be big back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s with a big TV deal and a solid fan base. Since then, football fans have turned back to NFL football on Sunday and have left the AFL in a commissioner’s nightmare.. Maybe this news will help them get out of it…

The Sports Cycle Top Play: Basketball Trick Shot in Norway

June 17, 2013

Take a look at this crazy basketball shot by Norway’s John Edwardsen with Garrett and Taylor Bonetti witnessing the ball go over the roof and in the hoop.

 

Tim Tebow agrees to stay in the AFC East and joins the Patriots

June 10, 2013

VIA ESPN:

20130607-tebow-samsonite-350This picture on the left is what everyone will be seeing at New England’s minicamp tomorrow morning.

Tim Tebow, the three year player out of Florida, has played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and last season with the New York Jets.  “Tebow Time” prospered in Denver 2011 leading his team to the playoffs and pulling off a miraculous overtime win over Pittsburgh but in New York, Tebow’s time was over once he arrived at Jets camp.

But the 25 year old still expects to play at the quarterback position and will compete with Ryan Mallett in training camp for the spot at backup quarterback behind Tom Brady, the star of the franchise.

While this may seem like a crazy move, it is actually the best move for Tebow moving forward. Tim will reunite with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was the Broncos‘ head coach when Denver traded into the first round to draft the Heisman Trophy winner in 2010.

So Tim Tebow could be used at different positions on the New England roster and could even line up at tight end now that Rob Gronkowski will be sidelined for a period of time due to his recent forearm and back injuries.

Bill Belichick values versatility in his players, having used wide receivers Troy BrownJulian Edelman and Matthew Slater at defensive back when injuries hit that position.

While the circus may be headed to New England in 2013, the media monstrosity may be minimized by Belichick, who keeps a tight lid on players’ interactions with reporters.

In the end, Tebow has a new life but that life could change in one week or one year. This journey will be interesting to follow and I am excited to see how it pans out. He could be one of the best role players in the game or he could ride the bench all year.

Start that clock again because “Tebow Time” is now ticking in Foxborough.

Jacksonville Jaguars have new logo for 2013

February 17, 2013

via ESPN:

740995The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era.

New video boards, which will cost about $50 million and will be the largest in the NFL, are next.

Billionaire owner Shad Khan, team president Mark Lamping, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley unveiled the redesigned logo Tuesday, a minor facelift for a franchise that’s making major changes.

“If the Jacksonville Jaguars are truly to experience a rebirth, it was time for a new logo,” Khan said. “Not a radical change. We wanted to find the right look that was faithful to the past and respects the players and the fans, and also bring unmistakably a new energy to the Jaguars franchise.

“Our new symbol for a new generation.”

The new logo, which comes on the heels of hiring Caldwell and Bradley following a 2-14 season, maintains traditional colors (black, teal and gold) and offers a more realistic and fierce jaguar head.

“Now that’s a cool cat,” Khan said.

The Jaguars also released their theme for 2013 — “Stand United” — and announced tickets prices for next season as well as a series of fan forums.

Jaguars_primary_new_logo_16Arguably the biggest news of the day came with the release of concept drawings for the massive video boards, which would top those in Houston and Dallas. They are slated to be ready by the 2014 season, although the city of Jacksonville still has to approve the plans and organize funding.

“We want EverBank Field to be a destination where people are going to come to see it,” Khan said.

Whether stadium upgrades and re-branding efforts help generate more revenue remains to be seen. The Jaguars rank 29th in the league in local revenue, a significant drop over a 16-year span.

Jacksonville ranked second in that category during its inaugural season in 1995.

“We need to fix this,” Lamping said. “If we do not, we threaten the financial stability of the franchise in Jacksonville. … Whether it’s the National Football League or any other business, you have to compete economically. And to believe that local revenue is not important, then people are ignoring what is happened in the National Football League over the last 10 years.

“To believe that somehow you can be satisfied and be competing on equal footing with every other National Football League team by being at the bottom, I think that’s not true.”

In hopes of increasing revenue, the Jaguars are implementing a strategic price increase for season tickets. Although 80 percent of season tickets remain the same price for 2013, the team increased prices for low-cost, high-demand seats.

The team also plans to create all-inclusive ticket packages as well as on-field seating for next season.

“We know the No. 1 thing we have to do is put a better team on the field for our fans, but you can’t expect that your focus can only be on it,” said Lamping, who is charged with the business side of a franchise that has missed the playoffs 11 times in the last 13 years. “That needs to be No. 1, but there’s other things we need to do to allow us to compete, because every team is trying to win.

“To somehow believe that one team is going to win each and every year and that’s going to address all their issues, that’s not realistic.”

This is going to be like the Detroit Lions a few years back. They change the logo, try to get a fierce presence in the league so people will start caring about them, and then retool their franchise to be productive. I think the Jaguars have promise at certain positions but they need to start focusing on other areas. They need an offensive line, a bunch of secondary players, a new defensive line, and one more wide receiver. If they handle this through the draft and through free agency than they can make it to the playoffs in 2013 just like the Colts did this season. They need to get back to a ground and pound mentality when Jack Del Rio was head coach. They had Fred Taylor and MJD carrying the ball 40 times and getting big regular season plus postseason wins. If they retool those areas that I mentioned, there should be no reason why the Jaguars can’t run with the AFC South next season…