Archive for October 7th, 2013

NBA Preview: Southwest Division

October 7th, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on NBA Preview: Southwest Division | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

 

22784398-464After our debut of the division previews the other day that started with the Pacific division, today we will continue right along with the Southwest Division. There is a lot to talk about with these teams, as I expect this to be one of the most competitive divisions in the league this season. So lets jump right into the preview.

San Antonio Spurs (57-25)

Key Additions: Marco Belinelli

Notable Losses: None

The San Antonio Spurs are coming into this season after a heartbreak of a loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last June. The Spurs were just seconds away from capturing an NBA Championship before a miraculous Ray Allen three pointer sent Game 6 into overtime, and the Spurs were just never able to recover the rest of the series. Nobody will ever forget how memorable that series was, it was by far one of the best series in a years and Game 6 without a doubt was one of the greatest games in NBA Finals history. However, it is a new season which means the Spurs have a clean slate and can start their mission to get back to the Finals this season. Some might ask how the Spurs can let go of what happened, well for Gregg Popovich it happened through his daughter. Over the summer while Popovich was upset, his daughter came up to him and said; “OK, Dad, let me get this straight: You won four championships, and you go to a fifth Finals. Other coaches lose all the time. But poor Greggy can’t lose because he’s special. Can you please get over yourself? End of story.”. Popovich just stared at her and then began to laugh. At that moment the path to recovery had begun for Popovich, and that is what the Spurs need if they are going to get back. There were no big roster changes, Manu Ginobli and Tiago Splitter both came back and the Spurs added sharpshooter Marco Belinelli. It is the same core, the same coach, and the same system that has been successful for so many years. With Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Greg Popovich all leading the way you can never count out this team from winning it all, even if they are one year older.

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Germans Conquering the International Poker Scene; is Major League Sports Next?

October 7th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on Germans Conquering the International Poker Scene; is Major League Sports Next? | Filed in Baseball, Sports

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Juslan Kamara’s major league contract could be a sign of things to come

Back in May 2013, the Philadelphia Phillies made an interesting signing to acquire the services of Julsan Kamara. The 17-year-old German player was given a chance to train with the big boys at the Phillies’ minor league system once he graduates high school in 2014. Yeah, the guy hasn’t even graduated from high school and he already has a seven-year minor league contract.

Not much is known about Kamara other than what assistant GM Benny Looper referred to as “good tools” in his arsenal.  According to Looper, the kid has athleticism and potential power on his side but he still needs to be taught how to play the game.
There have been a great number of German players who successfully crossed over to the US to play in the top leagues.  There’s Dirk Nowitzki, of course, and no one can count out Detlef Schrempf when it comes to the discussion about German basketball players. Heck, we could even count German-born Shawn Bradley, who was drafted by the 76ers way back in 1993, in that list.  In hockey, we have Dennis Seidenberg; as well as four German players currently playing in the NFL.

Lately, however, it seems that Germany is setting its sights on a different target: conquering the world of poker. The game has definitely grown into one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, thanks to the 2003 poker boom.  A great number of amateurs, who cut their teeth online, broke into major poker tournaments thanks to Chris Moneymaker’s historic win.

Among them was the new breed of German poker players. Players like Pius Heinz, who won $8.7 million at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, and Tobias Reinkemeier, who cashed $1.3 million at the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Team PartyPoker’s Marvin Rettenmaier has also made a name for himself by having the distinction of being the first ever poker player in history to win back-to-back World Poker Tour titles.  There’s also Niklas Heinecker, who cleared the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions Main Event table of all opposition to win a first-place payout of $4.4 million.

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Game Thread- Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) vs. New York Giants (0-4)- including game analysis, injury and weather reports and predictions

October 7th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Game Thread- Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) vs. New York Giants (0-4)- including game analysis, injury and weather reports and predictions | Filed in Eagles, Football, Sports

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Sunday is here again folks, and this week the 1-3 Eagles take on the 0-4 Giants, in a divisional match-up that’s sure to excite.

Picks & Odds Giants by 3 Over/Under= 53.5 

Location/Stadium/Date & Time/Channel

East Rutherford, New Jersey
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, October 6th, 2013 1:00 PM EST Fox

Weather– 79° F/ 26° C– Cloudy/rainy, with a 18% chance of rain

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