Archive for December, 2007

NBA on Christmas Day

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec, 25, 2007 2:30 PM ET
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It’s that time of year again when the NBA schedules three games for your yule time enjoyment. The three games taking place this year are Miami Heat vs Cleveland CavaliersPhoenix Suns vs L.A. Lakers and Seattle Sonics vs Portland Trailblazers.

Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers

We usually see the Heat take on the Lakers, at Christmas time, but since Kobe and Shaq are over their little tiff i guess the NBA decided to mix it up a bit.

The Miami Heat(7-19) bring their weak offense into Cleveland for a Christmas spanking. The Heat are an embarrassing 3-9 on the road and Shaq’s not getting any better with age. They average 94 PPG (#21) that’s with Dwayne Wade in the game, they’re even worse without him. On defense they’re average and they allow 98 PPG. You would think with all the big guys they have their defense would be the best part of their game. The Heat are dead last in the Southeast Standings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers(12-15) and LeBron James are going to give us a nice present on Christmas day. An all out slammin, jammin air attack on the Heat. LeBron knows everybody will have their TVs tuned in and he’ll be putting on a show. The Cavs are7-5 at home and their offense averages 96 PPG. The majority of their points come from LeBron in the paint and they are the ninth best team from the 3-point line. On defense they aren’t the greatest, but against the Heat offense this shouldn’t be a problem. The Cavs are 3rd in the Central Standings.

Bottom Line: It’s going to be the LeBron James Christmas Special with the Cavs sending the Heat back home with lumps of coal in their stockings.

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Suns vs Lakers

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec 25, 2007 5:00 PM ET
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The L.A. Lakers play host to the Phoenix Suns, at the Staples Center, for some Xmas day B-Ball.

The Phoenix Suns(18-8) have seven wins in their last ten games after they recently lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 105-108, on the road. The Suns have the most powerful offense in the league which averages 109 PPG. They’re the best team in the paint and they have the eighth best 3-point percentage. They have a starting lineup that’s stacked and they’ve got a talented bunch coming off the bench. The Suns sit in 1st place in the Pacific Standings, with the Lakers close behind, and their 11-5 on the road..

The L.A. Lakers(15-10) lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 90-94, on the road giving them six wins in ten games. Kobe Bryant is still the main man in L.A who averages 26 PPG. The Lakers offense is ranked in the top ten in PPG and from inside the paint. On defense they allow a high 101 PPG but their field goal %, 3-point shooting and free throws are all ranked in the top ten. They can still bring the rock to the hole. The Lakers sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Standings and their 9-4 at home.

Bottom Line: The Lakers beat the Suns, at home, the last time these two teams met up. It’s always a good battle but the Lakers have had their numbers lately. The Lakers are 2-4 SU on Xmas Day since 2000.

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Sonics vs Trailblazers

December 21, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Tip Off: Tue, Dec 25, 2007 8:00 PM ET
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I’m not sure what the NBA was thinking when they matched this game up on Xmas Day. The Portland Trailblazers(14-12) play host to the hurting Seattle Sonics(7-19), at the Rose Garden, for a NBA Feast.

The Portland Trailblazers are one of the hottest and most surprising teams in the league right now. They have nine wins in ten games. Their offense and defense are clicking on all cylinders with no sign of slowing down. Brandon Roy is their go to guy who averages 19 PPG, 6 REB and he leads his team in steals. They are good for 95 PPG and they allow an average 97 PPG. They’re the fourth best team right now at sinking the 3-pointer and their the eighth best at stopping it. They are currently 11-3 at home and they sit in 2nd place in the Northwest Standings.

The Seattle Sonics are just plain AWFUL and they only have seven wins on the year, five in their last ten. Their offense pulls up lame in the paint and they can’t shoot the 3-pointer. They average 97 PPG (#15) and it’s very rare for any Sonics player to score over 20 PPG. They basically have no defense, which gives up a high 105 PPG. The Sonics are currently 4-10 on the road and they sit in 4th place in the Northwest Standings.

Bottom Line: It’s not going to be a Merry Christmas for the Sonics because the Trailblazers are going to humiliate them. Go Portland!

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Packers vs Bears

December 19, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Kickoff: Sun, Dec 23, 2007 1:00 PM ET
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The struggling Chicago Bears(+9) play host to the Green Bay Packers(-9), at Soldier Field, some some NFL action.

The Green Bay Packers(12-2) are in a battle with the Dallas Cowboys for top spot in the NFC. The Pack play the Bears on the road and then finish off at home against the Detroit Lions. While the Cowboys finish with two road games. Check out Dallas – Panthers game. The Packers are going to throw the ball all over the Bears 26th ranked pass defense. The last time these two teams met CB Al Harris allowed Bears WR Devin Hester only one catch. The Pack have been utilizing their rushing game and RB Ryan Grant has run for over 110 YDS in his last eight games.

The Chicago Bears(5-9) have lost three in a row putting themselves out of the playoff race. QB Rex Grossman is OUT, which is good, QB Brian Griese SUCKS, so why not try third string QB Kyle Orton. He threw 184 YDS with 1 INT. Their offense has been able to average 15pts in three games. Their defense is just as bad, they’re ranked in the high twenties in every defensive way possible.

Bottom Line: The Packers are going to get revenge on the Bears for beating them earlier on in the season.

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Cowboys vs Panthers

December 18, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Sat, Dec 22, 2007 8:00 PM ET
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The Carolina Panthers host the Dallas Cowboys, at Bank of America Stadium, for some bone crushing NFL football.

The Dallas Cowboys (11-2) played a disgusting ball game last week against the Philadelphia Eagles losing, 6-10, AT HOME! They now have to win both remaining road games if they want to finish on top of the NFC. Last week QB Tony Romo was 13/36 for 214 YDS with 3 INT. By the end of the game it looked like he had injured his thumb. RB Marion Barber was useless, his longest run on the day was 11 YDS. Romo had a longer run than him (16 YDS). WR Terrell Owens had just 2 catches for 37 YDS and if it wasn’t for TE Jason Witten it would’ve been worse. He had 8 REC for 113 YDS.

The Carolina Panthers (6-8) SHOCKED the Seattle Seahawks last week, 13-10, at home. They gave up on QB Vinny Tesdaverde and went with QB Matt Moore, who went 19/27 for 208 YDS. He utilized all his receivers and they looked like a totally rejuvenated team. RB DeAngelo Williams had 15 ATT for 61 YDS and 1 TD. The Panthers have won two straight at home.

Bottom Line: The Cowboys now have to play under pressure, something they haven’t had to do all year. Will Tony Romo’s thumb be an issue? They have injuries to multiple key players. The Panthers have back to back home wins and their new QB was spectacular last week.

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Canucks vs Devils

December 17, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Tue, Dec 18, 2007 10:00 PM ET
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The Vancouver Canucks (-120) host the New Jersey Devils (+100), at G.M. Place, for some hard hitting NHL action. The last time the Devils were in Vancouver was December 29, 2001, where the Canucks won 4-2.
The Vancouver Canucks (17-12-0-4) just got home after a dismal road performance where they had one win in four games. They recently lost 2-1 (SO) in Edmonton. The Canucks have been without their super star goalie Roberto Luongo because of sore ribs. He is expected to start on Tuesday but it is still a game time decision. The Canucks have been plagued by injuries but the new recruits have filled in nicely. The Canucks offense averages 2.6 GAG and their power play has been average lately. On defense they allow 2.3 GAA but that’s with Luongo in net. Daniel Sedin is the top producer with 29pts and Marcus Naslund leads with 90 shots on net.

The N.J. Devils (18-12-2-1) have seven wins in their last ten games after their most recent, 4-2, home win over the Philadelphia Flyers. John Madden banged in two goals, Aaron Asham and Jamie Langenbrunner each put a goal in. The Devils aren’t know for their aggressive style of offense but it has sure picked up in their last ten games. Their defense is their strongest attribute. They’re ranked 6th in goals against and shots on net but surprisingly the aren’t good on the penalty kill. G Martin Brodeur is 16-11-2 with a 2.26 GAA along with 2 SHO.

Bottom Line: It’s all going to come down to who’s in net for the Canucks. If it’s Luongo, expect a low scoring defensive game. If it’s Sanford, expect the Devils to bang a few in and they’ll continue to play strong defense the rest of the game. Devils win!

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Seahawks vs Panthers

December 13, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Sun, Dec 16, 2007 1:00 PM ET
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The Carolina Panthers(+8) will host the Seattle Seahawks(-8), at Bank of America Stadium, for some bone crushing NFL action.

The Seattle Seahawks(9-4) clinched the NFC West title last week after beating the Arizona Cardinals, 42-21, at home. QB Matt Hasselbeck was 22/33 for 272 YDS with 4 TDs. He was amazing last week. They didn’t do a lot of running, rather opting for a new all out AIR ATTACK. They had four different receivers catch for over 50 YDS and four different receivers with a TD. Their offense is peaking at the perfect time of year. Their defense improved last week, but they’re still better at stopping the rush than the pass. They’re 3-3 on the road

The Carolina Panthers(5-8) lost miserably last week to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 37-6, on the road. They recorded an embarrassing season low 149 TOT YDS. QB Vinny Testaverde was 13/28 for 84 YDS with 1 INT. RB DeShaun Foster was held to just 46 YDS. They have NO pass game what so ever but they do have a running game with RB DeShaun Foster in the game. Their defense is pretty average and they’ll have to watch their pass defense, which is ranked 12th. Seattle’s throwing everything out. The Panthers are 1-5 at home.

Bottom Line: The Seahawks are going to RUN, THROW, KICK, PASS and FLEA FLICKER the ball down their freakin throats.

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Packers vs Rams

December 13, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Sun, Dec 16, 2007 1:00 PM ET
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The struggling St.Louis Rams(+10) host the Green Bay Packers(-10), at Edward Jones Stadium, for some NFL action. The Packers have a chance at a first round bye with a win, combined with a Seattle loss.

The Green Bay Packers(11-2) crushed the Oakland Raiders 38-7 at home last week. QB Bret Favre was 15/23 for 266 YDS along with 2 TDs. RB Ryan Grant ran for a career high 156 YDS for 1 TD. The Packers offense is going to pass and rush the ball down their weak defensive throats. QB Favre is going to put up some HUGE numbers in the air and look for them to practice improving on their running game. The Packers are 5-1 on the road and they average 27 PPG.

The St.Louis Rams(3-10) lost a horrible road game to the Cincinnati Bengals 19-10. QB Brock Berlin was 17/28 for 153 YDS and 1 INT. He also had two fumbles on the day. Their offense was so bad that their only TD was scored by their defense after a INT was returned for a TD. The Rams average a measly 15 PPG and their defense allows a high 25 PPG. They are completely out of the playoffs and they should just lie down and let the Packers roll right over them. The Rams are 1-5 at home.

Bottom Line: The Packers WIN! Thhhhhhheeeeeeeeeee Packers WIN!

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Canada Names World Junior Team

December 13, 2007

Craig Hartsburg wasted no time choosing his Canadian junior hockey team.

Harstburg’s announcement came a little earlier than expected. Training camp began a day later this year and the squad was chosen after two practices and two intrasquad games.

Star forward John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals was selected to the team after being cut last year. Fellow high-profile prospect Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts wasn’t as fortunate and was cut for the third consecutive year.

Goaltender Leland Irving of the Everett Silvertips, who backed up Carey Price last year, and netminder Tyson Sexsmith of the Vancouver Giants were also among the cuts.

Defencemen released from the team included Keaton Ellerby of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Ty Wishart of the Prince George Cougars, Andrew Bodnarchuk of the Halifax Mooseheads, Brendan Smith of the University of Wisconsin and Kevin Marshall of the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Other forwards sent home were Zach Hamill of the Everett Silvertips, Mathieu Perreault of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars, Brett MacLean of the Oshawa Generals and Ryan White of the Calgary Hitmen.

The world junior tournament is a showcase for a country’s players under the age of 19 and the majority of players on each team are 19.

The Canadian roster has 10 players 18 or under, including 17-year-old forwards Tavares of the Generals and Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting. Four of the seven defencemen are 18.

Two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards were selected to the team that departs Friday for Europe for a pre-competition camp.

Of the 22 players, 16 were members of the Canadian team that went 7-0-1 against Russia in the summer’s Super Series.

Returning players

Calgary Hitmen defenceman Karl Alzner and Brad Marchand of the Val-d’Or Foreurs are the returning players from the squad that won gold at the 2007 world junior tournament in Sweden.

Jonathan Bernier of the Lewiston Maineiacs and Steve Mason of the London Knights will tend Canada’s net. Esposito said a groin injury that prevented him from playing in the Super Series was a strike against him coming to selection camp.

“It’s very disappointing,” Esposito said. “I worked hard, I did my best. My first game was really good and my second game was average and I’m happy with the way I played.

“It’s part of life. You’ve just got to live and learn.”

The only other player to be cut for three straight years was current Detroit Red Wing Daniel Cleary in the late 1990s.

Canada opens the tournament Dec. 26 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

On the Team Canada roster are: FORWARDS

– John Tavares (Oshawa Generals, OHL)

– Steve Stamkos (Sarnia Sting, OHL)

– Zach Boychuk (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL)

– Colton Gillies (Saskatoon Blades, WHL)

– Brandon Sutter (Red Deer Rebels, WHL)

– Kyle Turris (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)

– Brad Marchand (Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL)

– Claude Giroux (Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL)

– Matt Halischuk (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)

– Riley Holzapfel (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)

– Stefan Legein (Niagara IceDogs, OHL)

– Shawn Matthias (Belleville Bulls, OHL)

– Wayne Simmonds (Owen Sound Attack, OHL)

DEFENCE

– Thomas Hickey (Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL)

– PK Subban (Belleville Bulls, OHL)

– Luke Schenn (Kelowna Rockets, WHL)

– Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm, OHL)

– Karl Alzner (Calgary Hitmen, WHL)

– Josh Godfrey (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL)

– Logan Pyett (Regina Pats, WHL)

GOALTENDERS

– Jonathan Bernier (Lewiston Maineiacs, QMJHL)

– Steve Mason (London Knights, OHL)

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editor’s note… the rest of the world should just fight it out for 2nd and 3rd and spare themselves the shame of getting their asses handed to them when playing team canada.

Canucks vs Ducks

December 12, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Wed, Dec 12, 2007 10:05 PM ET
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The Anaheim Ducks (-160) will host the Vancouver Canucks (+140) tonight, at the Honda Center.

The Vancouver Canucks (16-11-3) could be in big trouble tonight with goalie Roberto Luongo out due to sore ribs. During the Canucks – Wild game Luongo was hit square in the chest by a rocket of a slapshot, and he’s been nursing sore ribs ever since. Goalie Curtis Sanford filled in for the game against the L.A. Kings, which the Canucks lost 2-4. Sanford stopped 27 of 31 shots putting his record at 3-1 with a 2.82 GAA and a .902 SVPCT. The Canucks Brendon Morrison and Brad Isbister are questionable for tonight. The Canucks looked awful against the Kings and it might get ugly against the Ducks. Their top producer is Daniel Sedin with 27pts and Marcus Naslund leads his team with 86 shots on net.

The Anaheim Ducks (15-13-4) have five wins in ten games after their most recent, 4-3 (OT), road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Corey Perry had two goals on the night and gapped toothed Chris Pronger got the OT goal. The Ducks are scoring an average of 2.5 GAG and surprisingly their power play is lacking (#25). They are the best team in the league at winning faceoffs which is key to any teams’ success. Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere is 12-8-2 for a 2.58 GAA with a .908 SVPCT. He’s currently got three wins in a row. Their penalty kill is ranked 23rd in the league and the Canucks will want to take advantage of this. The Ducks top producer is Ryan Getzlaf with 35pts and Corey Perry leads his team with 102 shots on net.

Bottom Line: The Canucks are just to incompetent without Luongo in net.They showed NO offense against the worst team in the league last game and the Ducks are great at home.

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