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Baylor Football Preview

In less than two weeks I begin my tenure as a student in the class of 2016 at Baylor University. The amount of applications Baylor received for this class was the most in school history. This is undoubtedly the result of the Year of the Bear and all the media attention it brought to the University. While I’m excited to begin my time at Baylor and can’t wait for football season, I know that my class enters Baylor at the same time as the greatest football player in the school’s history exits. I don’t see the electricity colored AdiZero shoes of Robert Griffin III ever being filled, but he has laid the groundwork for my class and classes to follow. I mean this figuratively and literally. Figuratively because he has set the foundation for Baylor to have a solid football program that isn’t laughed at by the other schools in the conference. He has set up Baylor football to be a team you have to give it your all against when you step out on the field against them. Literally because you could…

LeBron James as Annikan Skywalker

So since it seems like it is inevitable that LeBron James is going to win his first NBA title and also his first NBA Finals MVP, I figure this is the perfect time to chronicle James’ career according to a popular movie series in which everyone should be familiar with. It starts as his time as the chosen one, then making the journey over to the darks side. One day it just kind of hit me how many striking similarities LeBron James has to Annikan Skywalker from the Star Wars series. You might be thinking that I’ve lost my mind here, but let me explain and hopefully you’ll see where I’m coming from.

Everyone knew of LeBron James as a kid in high school. He was in the national spotlight as the next big thing, well more than the next big thing really; many deemed James “the chosen one”. Everyone knew LeBron was going to be a very special person at an early stage in his career, just as when Annikan was a pod racer already going up the best of the best, people expected great things from him.

Minor Stories of the NBA Finals

The 2012 NBA Finals features the match-up that everyone has been waiting for since last year’s NBA Finals. The ink was still wet on the papers across the nation of the 2011 NBA Finals depicting how the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, and analysts were already salivating over the possible match-up of the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. After the possibility of having no season at all and going through a shortened season of 66 games, everyone got the match-up they were waiting for, Kevin Durant, the scoring champion of the past three years, and LeBron James, the MVP three of the last four seasons. It is definitely a dream match-up, and so far it has been very entertaining. The Durant v. LeBron match-up has been riveting all series, but there are other key things going on in this series you should really start to pay attention to.

Let’s start with the play of Shane Battier. Shane Battier is best known for being a great collegiate basketball player at Duke University. Battier …

Just To Catch Up On Things

There a few stories I want to touch up on here for the month I've been absent form posting any new stories. The first of which is the story of how Kerry Wood ended his career in movie like fashion.

Kerry Wood started out his career with huge expectations. These expectations were well warranted considering in his fifth career start he threw a no walk one-hitter which included striking out 20 of the 28 batters he faced. The 20 strikeouts tied a major league record set by Roger Clemens. In 1999 Wood had to undergo Tommy John Surgery.
In 2003 he was elected to the National League All Star Team from the Chicago Cubs and is well known for being a part of what was supposed to be one of the best pitching duos of all time with Mark Prior. The injuries continued for Wood in 2004 when he was sidelined for two months with strained triceps. Wood was plagued with injuries from 2004-2006 which led to him moving to the bullpen in 2007. Wood then bounced around from the Cleveland Indians and New Y…

It's Just Not The Same

Last summer was the zenith of every Dallas Maverick fan. All of us got to parade around, because for that time, we were the best team in the world to play basketball. Once the confetti was finally cleaned up, lockers cleaned out, and city streets cleared, the championship hangover began. I was wondering how long it would last. Quite frankly I held out a little hope that there would not be a season this year so that for another year I could say the phrase,"NBA champion Dallas Mavericks." Just when it seemed like there would be no season though, the players and owners managed to hammer out a deal to put the 2011-2012 NBA season into affect. It was at this time I should have realized it was time to get over the championship and get into this year's team, but I couldn't quite do it. As a Mavericks fan, and a sports fan of DFW that grew up after the Cowboys reign on top of the world, I haven't seen much success out of the teams that are close to me. Granted, the Dalla…

Why The New Orleans Saints Are In So Much Trouble

The New Orleans Saints just can’t seem to do anything right. They have been caught up in a bounty scandal in which the head coach has been suspended for a year, their ex-defensive coordinator is suspended indefinitely, their assistant head coach is suspended six games, their GM is suspended eight games, and the team was fined $500,000, as well as losing next year’s second round draft picks. To go along with all of these suspensions, the Saints’ owner just bought one of the worst basketball teams in the NBA in the New Orleans Hornets, but have yet to sign future first ballot hall of famer Drew Brees. Everyone in the Saints’ organization is hoping all of this is a bad dream or that it is some sick trick for a “Want to get Away?” commercial. As for right now though, most of the Saints’ front office is marching out, and they have been hit with the strictest punishment in the history of the NFL.

The bounty scandal doesn’t just involve the New Orleans Saints organization, but encompasses …

Tim Tebow-arella

I’m sure all of you are familiar with the story of Cinderella. Cinderella is a young girl that lives with her step-mom and step-sisters that treat her horribly and never give her any credit for all of the work she has to do. Cinderella’s life changes one day when she attends a ball thrown by the royal family and meets the prince. She leaves a slipper in the castle as she rushes out to escape the castle before midnight, and the Prince goes all over the kingdom looking to find who the slipper fits. After much searching, he finally comes across Cinderella and they end up living happily ever after…or at least we assume happily ever after. It is the time of March Madness and is everyone is trying to figure out who this year’s Cinderella team is going to be in the NCAA basketball tournament, but we should be focusing on the real Cinderella man who appears won’t have the happy ending promised in the famous fairytale. This can only describe one man, and he is Tim Tebow.

Football players spend …

The NFL Off-Season

With the NBA now in full swing and approaching its midway point, we’re going to take some time to talk about football. A lot of stories have made headlines recently. T.O. is broke and now playing for a team he has partial ownership in, one of the best quarterbacks ever isn’t wanted by his team, and one of the best receivers ever is looking for a team. Throw in the NFL draft offering one of the best prospects some say ever along with a Heisman Trophy winner who continues to impress and you have quite the off-season. Oh, and John Fox continues to show his displeasure towards Tim Tebow.

After some disappointing attempts at having a good year, Terrell Owens seems to no longer have anything left in the tank to play professional football. He tried with the Bengals a couple years ago with Chad Ochocinco, and the two of them were supposed to be one of the best wide receiving duos ever. Well, that didn’t turn out too well. Ochocinco did play in the Super Bowl this past year, but you probably d…

(Insert Jeremy Lin Pun Here)

Jeremy Lin has captivated fans everywhere with his story. A guy who was very productive in high school was overlooked by almost every college. He attended Harvard University, and is probably the smartest player in the league right now. Lin has been through multiple different cities trying to find a role on a team. Between the D-League, and the end of the bench, it didn't seem like Lin would ever amount to anything special if he ever got the chance to play premium minutes for a team. Well, Lin landed on the New York Knicks recently and, again, was stuck on the end of the bench. That is, of course, until a slew of injuries plagued the Knicks. The Knicks were hurting so bad they turned to the last guy on their bench, the kid from Harvard that was probably going to get cut that week. This kid epitomizes what every player looking for a shot aspires to do once they get their chance. So, when Lin got the call that he was going to be starting for the Knicks inside Madison Square Garden ag…

The Player-Coach Relationship

This is a story taken from my journalism class. It pertained to the sports world so I thought I would give it a shot and post in here to get some feedback

The player-coach relationship is vital in sports and directly correlates to how a player performs in game. Relationships are important on and off the field of play between a coach and their players. If they push them too hard, the players may not want to perform for them, and if a coach tries to be too nice to their players then the players don’t respect them and their play will show. This relationship cannot be taken for granted, and depending on how strong the relationship is will go a long way in determining how the players’ game will transfer to the games.

Jake Wodka, junior starting linebacker for Plano West Football said that, “I think that my relationship affects greatly how I play in consideration to morale, confidence, and other mental aspects.”
The confidence players think that their coaches have instilled in them greatly af…

A Special Kraft

During the Super Bowl I will be rooting for a man all of you have rooted for at some point in the past months. Maybe I won't be rooting so much for a certain team since I have no affiliation to either, but it is the man I will rooting for. What, you may ask, makes this man so special? Without this one man there would not have been football this year. Throughout all the off-season labor disputes you rooted for this man to save the day, and he did. Through many different meetings, agendas, personalities, and the passing of his wife, this man persevered through it all to preserve the right of everyone to watch football. A right I'm sure all of you were/are in favor of. Come Sunday at 5:29 my alliances will be on the side of the New England Patriots and their owner who saved football, Mr. Robert Kraft.

Throughout this past summer no one knew if football was going to played this year, or any time in the foreseeable future. The players and the owners could not agree on anything, and …

Mark Cuban is...Right(...Again)

Dallas Mavericks owner and number one fan Mark Cuban keeps reassuring Mavs fans not to worry about the team’s roller coaster 13-8 start to the lockout shortened 2011-2012 NBA season. Despite being the defending world champions, the Mavericks have taken the unorthodox style of rolling out a new look team the following year. With impending free agent superstars in the form of a franchise center in Dwight Howard and a franchise point guard in Deron Williams, the Dallas front office risked the fallout from breaking up their first ever championship squad to position themselves financially to be one of the main players in the 2012 free agency frenzy.The Mavericks allowed fan favorite and one of the league’s best success stories of the past decade in J.J. Barea to walk, as he cashed in on that success with a payday from the Minnesota Timberwolves who needed a combo guard like the M…