Archive for the 'Sports' Category

2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Just like the movie Rocky V, let’s all agree this dunk contest never happened. Agreed? Agreed! Do better NBA.

Best In-Game Dunk Ever

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


A lot has been made of Blake Griffin’s dunk over Kendrick Perkins lately. While I was blown away by it, and I think it is the most violent dunk I’ve seen in ten or so years, it is not the best dunk of all time. I love dunks and so I tend to categorize them. Griffin’s dunk was in a game. Therefore I measure it against other in-game dunks. In this category, Vince Carter over the 7-2 NBA Center, Frederic Weiss of France in the 2000 Olympics is the best ever. How quickly people forget the past. Learn, reminisce, re-remember this amazing moment.

Success (More Motivation)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011


I first saw the original presentation this video draws from several years ago and was blown away. Recently someone made this new video using its audio set to a potential NFL running back shown working out to make their dreams come true. As awesome as the original was, this is perhaps ever better.
See the original presenation and reasons why this video is amazing after the jump!

Reasons this video is amazing:

1. The Hip Hop Preacher is a great motivational speaker. Check out his channel on Youtube here.

2. The Friday Night Lights (TV Show, one of my favorites) music playing in the background.

3. This video speaks to anyone who has ever worked to become a success, whatever that may mean to them. If you are a motivated person with goals, or even if you have dreams and just need a little push to try and make them happen you will enjoy this video.

Special thanks to @JDLibs for reminding me to do this post!

Michael Jordan and his Six Rings

Thursday, September 15th, 2011


I haven’t touched a video game in nearly a decade. Back then, NBA Live was the premiere basketball series. Apparently times have changed and the NBA 2k brand has taken over. I can’t say I care about any of these developments, but I do care about the Chicago Bulls. Maybe I just don’t pay attention to such matters, but I can’t recall ever seeing Michael Jordan with all six championship rings at once before. So naturally, I was drawn to this video. As a die hard Bulls fan, I love it! And to my sneakerheads who found this page via the Google in search of the Six Ring Jordans, my apologies. Enjoy the video anyway!

Amazing Motivational Speech

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


So good for so many reasons. Enjoy.

Gatorade – Go All Day: Nigel Sylvester

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Gatorade Go All Day – Nigel Sylvester in Japan from Defgrip on Vimeo.

Check out BMX star Nigel Sylvester on his trip to Japan with his sponsor Gatorade along for the ride to do some performance research. This video is very well shot and it is always cool to take a peak into the lives of athletes. This video was put together by Harrison Boyce of BMX industry-leadingDefgrip.

Evan Turner & Patrick Patterson 5 Years Later

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

It seems like just yesterday that I was a 17 year old high school student. I don’t remember too much of the classroom part. But outside of my pursuits for higher learning I was beginning to make moves with my first born, MidStateHoops.com. At the time we were just two young kids who were excited to be doing something we loved; closely following the game of basketball. We were unconcerned with everything other than being the best in our field. No other goals existed and we did almost no reflecting on some of the cool things we accomplished. In lieu of the most recent NBA Draft I thought now would be a good time to finally to a bit of reflection.

My partner and I were less than a year into the venture when I had the opportunity to do some work for Rivals.com(Yahoo! acquired Rivals.com for $100 million in 2007). Among the stories I wrote for them were features on Evan Turner and Patrick Patterson. After successful collegiate careers, both Patterson and Turner were selected early in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft two weeks ago. Turner was selected #2 to the Philadelphia 76ers and Patterson #14 by the Houston Rockets.

It’s funny how things develop over time. Turner was a rising player on the state scene at the time of my article. But was only considered by most the second best player on his own team(Westchester St. Joseph) to Demetri McCamey. We at MSH knew he was special and were the first to put him ahead of McCamey and behind Derrick Rose. At the time people said we were crazy. But time has shown us to be correct. The interesting part about that story is Evan quotes nearly a dozen schools, non of which were Ohio State where he would eventually land and become one of the greatest Buckeyes ever.

A similar situation goes for the Patrick Patterson Q&A I conducted. He listed Kentucky among numerous others but did not even have an offer from them yet. He also said Wake Forest and Virginia Tech were his leaders. Patterson was certainly a larger star by comparison to Turner in high school. He was the state of Virginia Mr. Basketball and the state’s headliner until OJ Mayo arrived to play alongside him at Huntington. Turner on the other hand climbed from the bottom out of obscurity and into stardom. In either event, nothing is a sure thing at the prep level. A guy who is great in high school can fizzle out in college.

No such case for either of these two players though. They both went on to do great things and disappointed absolutely nobody. Despite the number of schools that pursued Turner, I believe that he still managed to exceed anybody’s expectations winding up where he did over the course of his career and now being the #2 pick in his draft class. The story of the class of 2007 in Illinois was Derrick Rose and not much else.

Looking back, Evan Turner was extremely humble and Patrick Patterson was experiencing growing pains en route to maturing into a fine young adult. 5 years later Evan is every bit as humble as he was and Patterson became the example of a stand-up student-athlete. Both of these guys got to where they are because of their mentality towards the game, and their work ethic. If you have ever watched either play then you know nothing is flashy or fancy about them. They just put their heads down and get results. Look for more of the same in the NBA.

No. 6, LeBron James

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Reports surfaced yesterday that LeBron James will be switching his jesey number for the 2010-2011 season to 6. He wants to trade in his 23 to pay respect to his hero Michael Jordan and the number 23 which he says should be retired, Jackie Robinson 42 style. Or at least that’s what he wants you to think. I don’t buy it for a moment. These Jordan prototypes are getting too predictable and it isn’t impressing me at all.

First there was the ultimate Jordan wannabe, Kobe Bryant, switching his 8 out for 24 several years ago. And now LeBron figures he needs to get his 45 on…45 like Jordan, after retirement when he couldn’t wear 23 for a season. Its so obvious these guys are so captivated by Jordan’s everything that they have to do everything he did, including having 2 numbers, even if they have no reason to.

Since Kobe Bryant has entered the NBA, I haven’t liked him. As a Chicago Bulls fan I could never stand the way he talked like Jordan, wore the leg brace like Jordan, did the fist pump after wins like Jordan, and shot that fade-away like Jordan when he was in his early twenties and had all of his athletiscm yet chose to play like Jordan in his later years after he had lost the bulk of his advantageous physical abilities. Its always been too much. That having been said, Kobe is the best player in the NBA, the best player of his era. And when its all over he may be number two all time.

As Kobe matured he let go of some of his Jordanisms but there was one last thing for him to do. He had to change numbers like Mike, for the sake of people knowing him for two numbers, like Mike. And now here we have King James deciding he has to do the same thing. When LeBron came into the NBA I was disappointed that he chose 23. Why would you choose a number that will always be associated with one person when you are talented enough to maybe be the second best player ever? I considered it a major marketing mistake. You can’t confuse people like that. They won’t remember you as well if your trademark is already somebody else’s. LJ23 for Nike seems a lot like MJ23 for Nike. Somebody should have talked LeBron out of it.

Alas his Jordan stannery was too strong and LeBron chose to be unoriginal by following in Jordan’s footsteps instead of being distinctive and forever recognizable. To LeBron’s credit he is very much his own man and acts nothing like Jordan and doesn’t in the least bit try to. Its just that number…

I think LeBron, in all of his efforts to be the first billionaire athlete came to a realization. LeBron has massive goals and is every bit the business man. He no doubt figured out that he can be as popular as he wants to be now, but what will history remember? When people see 23 who will they think of? Can he erase the memory of Jordan? Obviously not.

LeBron now has the chance to be remembered with the numbers. 13, 23, 32, 33, 44, and perhaps 6. The rest is up to him. He has the talent, he just needs to build the legacy.

On a side note, I do not think 23 should be retired. I have no problem with regular players wearing it. When they put it on it’s just a number. But when the greats put it on it’s kind of awkward. Ultimately as great as Jordan was, its still just a number and should be kept around for people to wear for the foreseeable future.

NBA All-Star Weekend Thoughts

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I caught pretty much all of the festivities surrounding the all-star game as well as the game itself and I have a couple of thoughts after taking it all in. Here they are…

The Dunk Contest must be discontinued. Nate Robinson won for the third time. The fact that Nate Robinson has 3 dunk titles speaks volumes to the shape the event is in nowadays. To Nate’s credit, he gives the competition everything he has and is a tremendous athlete. More power to him for taking the crown as long as nobody else wishes to be serious about it.

What needs to happen to revive the event you ask? Lebron James needs to enter. There is no reason for him not to, other than the fact he is probably scared of losing. But he shouldn’t even care about that. All the great athletes go in and earn their stripes. Kobe, Dominique, Jordan, Carter, McGrady and now Lebron must. If he doesn’t then I think he loses some credibility. Nobody will think less of him as a player but one has to wonder why wouldn’t he? Between this and the attempted wiping of the footage of him being posterized from about a year ago paints a portrait of Lebron as someone who shies away from friendly competition and anything that may damage his pristine reputation as a supreme player. He needs to loosen up and go in. And if he does that then you know the best will try to go against him, just so they can say they beat him. Thus, the competition of the event would rise back to where it belongs.

The skills competition, 3-point shootout, and team event were all good. I can’t figure out why the female player for Team Sacramento no longer plays for Sacramento but other than that I think it continued to be an excellent event. I had a hard time understanding why the 3-point shootout didn’t have any three-point shooters in it. Steph Curry is about the only player who I would consider a three-point shooter. The others just shoot threes sometimes during a game. The event was still good though.

The NBA has the best all-star event without question. They have for a while and they probably will for the foreseeable future. They understand better than all the other major leagues the value of a strong fan experience. I think they’re biggest advantage is that they embrace the demographics of the league’s players and they leverage that to tap into the culture of the sport. David Stern does not try to make or present the NBA as something that it is not. Everything from the commercials that are run down to the music, performers, and merchandise are a reflection of its biggest stars.

If only he could force people to enter the dunk contest…

Who Let Nate Robinson Win TWO NBA Slam Dunk Titles?

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

I can’t remember much about the 2006 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, except it was the worst one I had ever seen. Even worse than the year Fred Jones won. Maybe that contest wasn’t so bad, it’s just that Fred Jones won. As I’ve said, when I am at college I don’t catch the latest and greatest in the sports world as often as I did in the years of my youth. I actually missed the Dunk Contest completely last year. So I’m watching the previews for this year as I am sure to not miss it again and would you know 50 Cent Nate Robinson won again last year? I’m probably late but still. Nate Robinson? Twice? Who let that happen? If he wins again they need to cancel the contest again like they did after Kobe won and make all professional dunkers reconsider their craft.