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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.

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.

New York Mets projected to have salary drop more than 50 million dollars

January 31, 2012

I have to post this whole article from Adam Rubin because it is just so perfectly written. I can’t tell you how bad this is going to be for Mets fans around the nation…

Via ESPN NewYork:

The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Metsand gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million.

The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets.

After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Marlins from 2005 to 2006 had the biggest reduction by percentage, trimming nearly 75 percent of their payroll, but the total was $45.4 million.

The Mets’ payroll, which stood at roughly $143 million last season, is expected to swoon to less than $91 million this Opening Day.

Reigning National League batting champion Jose Reyes signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins — without the Mets mustering a bid. In fact, the biggest-ticket acquisition the Mets made this offseason was signing free-agent closer Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million deal. He will earn $5.5 million in 2012.

As a result of the departures of Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Reyes from last year’s Opening Day roster, as well as upgrades by other National League East clubs, the Mets are widely projected to have their fourth straight losing season and finish in last place in the division.

And if Fred Wilpon and family are to survive as Mets owners — which is their intent — the austerity likely will continue into future offseasons, meaning fans bear the brunt of the payroll constraints with a less-than-optimal product.

“I think we have to get the fans back at the stadium. That’s a necessity. That’s the lifeblood,” Wilpon told reporters at this month’s quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “And to do that, we have to have a good team. … I think we’re going to be better than you think. We would hope that Mets fans enjoy going to the ballpark and give this team a try.”

The Mets cut ticket prices for the third consecutive season, this time between 5 and 30 percent depending on the location. The paradox the Wilpons are facing is that they need the revenue generated by fans in order to continue meeting their debt payments. Yet the lack of big-ticket signings and excitement about what’s forecast to be a last-place team likely will keep fans away.

To put it simply, the Mets have a chance to be the 2002 Oakland A’s by playing the Money ball approach. They have power, a bullpen, and youth to win 80 games this season. However, how many mistakes will they make this year and who will they have to get rid of come Trade Deadline time. Oh it should be an interesting season in Flushing…

Year 2 for John Skelton = same results in opening preseason game

August 16, 2011

Cardinals Quaterback John Skelton enters this year as a backup to the starter and 21 million dollar man as they like to call him, Kevin Kolb. Last year he started in 5 games and threw the ball well enough to win two of the four games including a game winning drive against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve. But even with all the controversy on who will be the backup this season in Arizona, John wants to be able to go out and play with his teammates…

“Kevin comes in highly touted, he’s having a great camp and he was behind the eight-ball having to sit out those (early) practices,” Skelton said. “But that week or so when it was just the three of us, we were pushing each other. One of us would make a play and another of us would make a play too. It stinks because we know in all likelihood someone will have to be let go, and whoever that is it will be rough because I think we have great chemistry in the quarterbacks room.

Last year in his first preseason game against the Texans, he led two touchdown drives to take the lead and win the game for the Cardinals. This year he put up the same numbers… 

(Ben Margot / AP Photo)

 

  C/ATT YDS AVG TD  
J. Skelton 6/10 94 9.4 1

It was a great game for John. He started out 0-2 and missed the receivers but he hung in there tough and threw a great 18 yard strike to Stephen Williams in the back of the end zone. He has grown in my opinion when watching tape on him and I really see a bright future even though Kevin Kolb is in his way. I think it will be a nice test for him to see how he will do against the defending champion Packers at Lambeau Field. Tune in for it fans, it should be a great one…