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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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One on One with Fordham Junior Center Ryan Canty

October 18, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer talks with Fordham Basketball Junior Center Ryan Canty about his off season, energy, and outlook towards this season.

 

Fordham Basketball Practice and Prepares for 2013-2014 Season

October 18, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer travels to the Rose Hill Gym to cover Fordham’s Basketball practice as they prepare for the Regular Season in 3 weeks. Lots of drills and lots of surprises with some new faces on the Rams squad this season. Take an inside look.

Fordham Basketball off season workouts shows change in body

October 16, 2013

I have been looking at a lot of the Fordham players pictures in their new jerseys and I can’t help but notice the players change from this years off season workouts. Travion Leonard went from 341 lbs. down to 268 lb. this season and can do basketball activities without being limited, Ryan Rhoomes never had been this strong when being recruited from High School, Bryan Smith was never this ripped and bulky as a shooting guard in the Bronx, and Ryan Canty looks like he went from a raw lengthy big man to a filled out more polished center.

I hope these changes lead to a better result on the court. It should be great to see the team in action Friday night.

2012 change

2012 Rams

Trav and Ryan

2013 New Travion and Ryan

 

Freshman Bryan Smith

Freshman Bryan Smith

 

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith and Jared Fay

High School Canty

High School Canty

 

Canty

Fay, Ryan Canty, and Smith

Fordham Basketball “Ram Town” This Friday at 9pm

October 15, 2013

72425_10150306150555604_719630603_15806857_1230623_nFordham Basketball is only two weeks away from their home exhibition contest against Northwood University but this Friday is when students and fans get a first look at this team with the annual “Ram Town” Event. The event begins at 9pm at the Rose Hill Gym and the team is excited to showcase the work they put in the off-season as they prepare to fight for the A-10 title.

I will be on campus this Thursday and Friday. I prepare on having a new set of videos, interviews, and stories from the team as they work on building a winning team.

Always, check me out on Twitter @Donniedwyer128 or check back on the website for more Fordham Basketball Updates.

Atlantic 10 basketball is having scheduling issues already

May 25, 2012

Via Andy Katz:

The Atlantic 10 will discuss and then likely decide Thursday on how it will schedule with 15 teams next season, according to commissioner Bernadette McGlade. The A-10, which will wrap up spring meetings Thursday, will have 15 schools in the league because VCU left the CAA immediately. Temple and Charlotte don’t leave for the Big East and C-USA, respectively, until 2013. The A-10 will add Butler in the fall of 2013. Xavier coach Chris Mack said one format discussed was to have each team have two partners (four games) and then play the other 10 five home/five road. McGlade said the A-10 has been looking at creative alternatives.

I like that the A-10 is becoming a powerhouse conference but this scheduling seems to be out of sorts. As a Fordham fan this is going to be hard to play VCU and Butler in the future. The talent coming in better live up to the expectations or else they will be in the Patriot League or MAAC. I liked how you would play three teams twice and try to play everyone else one time in your conference. With VCU coming in immediately it causes a problem both for future bids to NCAA Tournament and makes the Duquesne’s and Rhode Island’s turn from 4 win conference teams to 2 win teams…

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.