Posted by admin - January 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm
In the last several years the NBA has drafted more and more young players. Its seems that nobody graduates anymore. Certainly experience is the difference as a new set of schools reign in NCAA men’s basketball.
Unfortunately, teams such as North Carolina, Arizona, UConn, and UCLA are nowhere to be seen this March. Bottom line, these schools have suffered too many one-and-out Freshman that either went to the NBA or didn’t pan out.
Duke has three seniors and two juniors in their starting lineup and they dominated in the 2010 Final Four and they are on their way to the final championship game. Out of all the teams in the Final Four there was only one starting freshman (Nix for Michigan State). The 2010 Final Four teams averaged 60 percent upperclassmen and approximately 40 percent underclassman. This is compared to UCLA who had 12 underclassman including 6 freshman on their roster, and Arizona who had seven freshman and 12 underclassman with only one senior and one junior. It’s no mystery why only two teams from the Pac-10 went to the tourney.
The wealth of experience in the final four teams has been the difference. Players can only be good after listening to Coach “K” for four years, or any of the Final Four coaches for that matter. The tide has turned and the schools who have put great teams on the court year after year need to keep their kids in school. If UCLA and Arizona keep and develop their young players and then fill in with new talented players in the next two years – look out Duke. The pendulum will swing back the other way.
Yahoo sports reported February 18, 2010 that the Minnesota Vikings are willing to give Brett Favre whatever time he wants to decide if he will return next year. Regarding the timing, Rick Spielman, vice president of Vikings player personnel, said, “I think you go ahead and let Brett decide what he wants to do.” It is clearthe Vikings are prepared to wait, and don’t want to push him one way or the other. Spielman went on to say this week that “I know the organization, from our ownership, from our coaches, and I think from our fans out there, we’d love to have Brett Favre back for another year and see if we can make another run at this.” Whose to say if waiting will hurt the Vikings in the long run? Favre played very well this season after deciding to come back to the Vikings at the age of 40.
Kevin C. Boyle – Contributing Writer of www.EVent-Sports.com
Okay, all the hoopla is over. The Saints won and will party until training camp. How does that fare for their chances next year? Odds makers have the Colts as a 7-1 favorite for next year’s Superbowl followed by the chargers at 8-1. It seems Vegas is not taking a lot of stock in a return performance by the Saints at 9-1.
Super Bowl winners have historically struggled to sign players and unless players are resign to continue with the status quo, there will be changes. Sometimes that’s good, but usually the team suffers. With lots of attention, endorsements, and great statistics, the players agent’s are licking their lips. Hold on to your wallet Saints.
Of particular concern, Reggie Bush will need to renegotiate. In any other circumstances a player like Bush, would have to take a pay cut. His statistics this year left little to be desired, with only 5 regular season touchdowns and only 390 yards and 70 carries all year. But he is an impact player with wild popularity in New Orleans. There would be a fan revolt if Bush was not signed. Tough one for Saints, as they need a “go to” back who can grind out first downs and carry the ball 30 times a game – that’s not reggie Bush. Good luck Saints.
Bush earned $8 million this year and is slated to make $11.8 million next year. That could go a long way for the Saints and is too much for a role player. Bush would be a shoe in at Seattle, as Pete Carroll would love to have his protégé running back from USC. Carroll needs that type of excitement to take the yawn out of an otherwise ho-hum bunch in the northwest.
Bush is just the tip of the iceberg as the Saints have 29 contracts to contend with in the off season. The Saints will have to deal with 18 restricted free agents and 11 unrestricted free agents. The Colts have less of a challenge, which is why they are favored next year. Although, the Colt’s front office will have their challenges, as Manning only has one more year on his current deal.
Manning signed a $99.2 million contract extension in 2004, which included a mind boggling signing bonus of $34.5. The Colts will want Manning to remain with the Colts for the rest of his career and will begin working on this in the off season. That said, the Colts are in a much better position for next year and will be contenders again. The Colts have already forgotten about the Super Bowl, while the Saints are still drinking hurricanes on Bourbon Street.
With all that, when the Saints finally crawl out of the pub, they still have talent with Drew Brees and a core of receivers that can bring it. Hopefully they can get everyone signed and the fans won’t be saying “who dat” as they run out of the tunnel at the first game next year.
Kevin C. Boyle – contributing writer for www.EVent-Sports.com
Don’t hold your breath. This saga has been going on for three years now. Only Tolstoy could tell a shorter story. I know, this isn’t War and Peace but its not The Minute Waltz either. Favre will take his time making this decision.
After the NFC Championship game Favre, looking beat up, stated “In a situation like this I really don’t want to make a decision right now based on what’s happened because I do know the year could not have gone any better aside from us not going to Miami. I really enjoyed it, to be honest.”
Favre went on to say “Just wondering if I can hold up, especially after a day like today,” Favre threw two interceptions in that game, one of which was the last play when the Vikings were on the edge of field goal range to win the game and go to the Super Bowl. “Physically and mentally. That was pretty draining. I am going to go home, a couple of days and just talk it over with the family.”
In “Favre speak” this all means – “ I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’m conflicted, I can’t give up the game, I can still play, I’m going to do this in my own time, and If I return it will be four weeks into training camp and three days before the first game.”
This raises the question as to whether this is fair to the game, fair to the fans and fair to NFL owners. Favre should respect that game that has given him so much. Don’t put the vikings in a difficult situation wondering who will be taking snaps next year and give them enough time deal with any changes that have to be made. Although Favre’s ability may still be in tact, Favre’s integrity and credibility is waning as he waffles around the question of retirement.
Favre noted after the Saints game, “I didn’t feel like I had anything to prove coming in. But if there were doubters out there maybe I served notice to them, but my goal is to get to Miami and obviously that’s not going to happen. If it is [my last game], it is no doubt I’m on top.” Top of what? tell us strait up Brett – what’s it going to be? Do this with class and integrity and do it quickly. Oh, I forgot this is Brett Favre, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride, he will take his time and even if he appears to make a decision there will be changes of heart. This has the makings of a sad ending. Hopefully not for Brett Favre’s sake and his legendary career.
Arizona Wildcats beat the California Bears in Tucson today 76 – 72. Coming into this contest, Cal (14-7, 6-3) was in first in the Pac with the Cats(12-9, 6-3 Pac-10) right behind them in second. Nic Wise lead the Wildcats with 30 points. Wise kept the Cal backcourt in check and took over the fourth quarter to lead the Wildcats to victory. This was a close game the entire way with the lead changing 15 times. Arizona is gaining momentum winning their last four. Although this is the fourth coach in four years, following the Lute Olsen era, the team of mostly freshman is comming together under the guidence of Sean Miller. Look for the Cats to continue their winning ways.