NFL Replacement Referees

Posted: August 24, 2012 by Shawn in NFL, Sports
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For the second year in a row there is a lock-out in the National Football League, however this time it does not involve the players, instead it is the referees. It is already week 3 of the preseason and the replacement referees have looked anything but professional up to this point as there have numerous blown calls that would seem obvious to even a casual fan.

The problem isn’t the fact that these new referees do not know football, as they have all refereed at other levels and also taken NFL training. The problem is that no other place they have ever been can equal the pressure these men (and now woman) are under now. Before they were in the NFL, if they made a mistake before a team would get upset about it but it would not drag on like how it does now because of the microscope that is put on them by the media and fans. The use of instant replay does not help them either, now when they make a mistake it is shown on the stadiums’s jumbotron only seconds later. Add all this to the fact that because these are in fact replacement officials not mistake will go unnoticed and they will never get the benefit of the doubt.

Besides the quarterback and coach, referees might be the most scrutinized group of people in all of football. The official NFL referees are not perfect by any means but there is a reason why they are in the NFL and that is because they are the best. These new referees are giving it there best but they are simply not as good right now and unfortunately fans like myself do not want to give them a learning curve. ESPN’s Herm Edward brought up a good point (I know that’s and oxymoron) when he said that normally when a new referee is used he is surrounded by veterans refs to help him out and guide him throughout the game, however now they are all rookies.

I never thought that I would say this but we need to have Ed Hochuli’s schmedium shirts and five minute explanations of off-sides back. Time is running out, there is less than two weeks until opening night, and if the NFL is serious as it claims it is about player safety they should be doing everything humanly possible to get the “good-guys” back.

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WWE Money In The Bank Predictions

Posted: July 14, 2012 by Rob Barros in Sports, WWE
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WWE’s Money In The Bank will be taking place this Sunday at 8. Here are my predictions for the matches that have been announced so far.

WWE Unified Tag Team Championship Match (Pre-Show) Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (C) vs. Hunico & Camacho

Prediction: Truth and Kofi Win

This could end up being a great match worthy of being on the main card. Both teams can put on a good match, and hopefully we see a better match then we have on the previous pre-shows. In the end, I see Kofi and Truth winning, and finally leading to a match with the Primetime Players.

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NBA Rumors

Posted: June 26, 2012 by ishyaboy123 in NBA, Sports

Since the conclusion of the 2011-2012 NBA season with the Miami Heat being the champions, there have been a lot of trade talks swarming around the media. In my opinion I like some of what I see and dislike some of what I see. So here we go.

Brandon Roy has decided to come back next season after having to “retire” because of knee problems. Unfortunately, he will not be going back to Portland since they waived him. He is considering joining the Lakers but not 100% yet. Miami is looking to possibly pick him up but he doesn’t really want to go. I feel though that Brandon Roy would be a good fit for The LA Clippers. CP3 would be able to feed the ball to Griffin in the post or Roy out at in the key/perimeter and take it from there. It will take time for Roy to get back into his rhythm, but once he gets going again, I think he’ll be great again.

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With a 104-98 victory in Game 4 the Miami Heat won their third straight game in the 2012 NBA Finals and haven taken a commanding 3-1 series lead vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. No team in NBA history has ever came back to win the NBA Finals after being down 3-1 (0-30), therefore the Thunder’s chances are dim at best. To view an analysis of Game 4 click here.

If Oklahoma wants to send this series back home then they need to stop double-teaming LeBron James every time he touches the ball, because he is too good of a passer and always seem to find an open teammate for a three pointer. With the way the Miami has been shooting from distance in these playoffs the Thunder cannot afford to give wide-open looks (especially to Battier!)  because of defensive breakdowns. Late in Game 4, while James was on the bench with leg-crampings, the Heat ran the same pick-and-roll with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade three straight positions and the Thunder got burnt each time. Serge Ibaka (Bosh’s defender) was too worried about Wade getting around him off the pick, so he over helped which gave Bosh a wide-open lane to the basket.

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Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a complete fail for one team and a complete success for another team. In the first quarter it looked as if the Thunder were about to blow out the Heat, but that’s the exact reason that there are four quarters in a basketball game. The Thunder led 33-19 going into the second quarter, and that would be the last time that the Thunder would have a double-digit lead. The Heat started the second quarter on a 13-0 run which cut the Thunder lead to 33-32. The Thunder went scoreless for almost 4 minutes until Kevin Durant made a knock down jump shot. At the end of the first half, the Thunder led by just 3, as they were outscored by the Heat 27-16.

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With back-to-back wins the Miami Heat have secured a 2-1 series lead in the 2012 NBA Finals. Game 3 was another impressive win for Miami, who have shown the resiliency to bounce back after the the going gets tough, which has been the major difference from last year. Oklahoma City cannot afford to lose their third game in a row in Game 4, if they do it will almost certainly be the end of their season.

Kevin Durant needs to find a way to stay aggressive on both ends of the floor without getting into foul trouble like he has the past two games. Durant is unstoppable on the offensive end of the court, he even told Dwayne Wade that he is too short to guard him. As dominating of a force that Durant is on offense, he is a liability on defense against Lebron James. James has changed the way he has played the past two games (both of them wins for Miami), and has decided to take the ball to the hole and has stopped settling for jump-shots. Durant is not strong enough to guard LeBron when he has this mindset (but neither is anyone on Earth), therefore the Thunder should put Thabo Sefolosha and James Harden on him. Neither of the two will be able to stop LeBron but it is a tradeoff the Thunder will have to accept because they need Durant on the floor at the end of the game. When Durant got his fourth foul in Game 3 he was forced to sit down in the third, which was the same time the Heat made their run that was ultimately the deciding factor. Read the rest of this entry »

WWE No Way Out Predictions

Posted: June 16, 2012 by Rob Barros in Sports, WWE
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With No Way Out coming tomorrow night, I will make my predictions for the matches that have been announced.

 Pre-Show – David Otunga vs. Brodus Clay

(Prediction: Brodus Clay Wins)

 This match will be featured on YouTube at 7:30 as a free match to view before the main card begins. This match came out of nowhere so I do not expect Otunga to pull off the win and hand Brodus Clay his first lost. Even though Clay sold Otunga’s attack very well on Smackdown, I don’t see the WWE having Brodus lose just yet.

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