Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thabeet Blair Lays the Smack Down

Talk about sending a message, Pitts Thabeet Blair straight laid the smackdown on UConn's big man last night. I'm not sure that Blair will be much of anything if and when he reaches the NBA, but with a little bit of training and channeling this aggressive he could find himself a solid career in the WWE

It was a Big Week For Walkerr's Rants Check it Out

The NBA All Star game was pretty fun, while it may not be the best game in the world; it at least appears that the NBA gets what it’s all about. Having some fun laughing it up and enjoying some time with friends and the fans that’s’ what an All Star game is all about. In a lot of ways it is a lot like Walker’s Rants

Brett Favre has retired and as strange as it is for me to say this, I hope he stays retired…

Here’s a name to consider for the NFL trade block, Mike Vick. That’s right Vick is scheduled to be released from federal prison in July, and the Atlanta Falcons have admitted they are willing to trade the rights to his contract…

I’m glad that David Beckham is being forced to stay with the L.A. Galaxy, only because it’s funny to me. It will actually have a negative effect on the MLS…

Big Papi needs to shut the hell up about steroid use. Just because he dodged the bullet for testing positive does not mean he can now run around and be great crusader…

The Phoenix Suns should not have fired Terry Porter they need to fire Steve Kerr. He is on the fast track to become the next Isaiah Thomas of GM’s. Deconstructing the Suns should be a penalty…

The Bengals tagged a kicker and let their Pro Bowl receiver walk. I just don’t get that team…

Jason Richardson… wow I just can’t even believe you did that…

It looks like injuries are starting to take their toll on some of the college teams. UConn is already missing Dyson…

Blake Griffin is the best player in college basketball right now…

Well looks like USA Rugby is turning to Eddie O’Sullivan to lead them once again. Haven’t we been down this path already?

I don’t blame the Jacksonville Jaguars for cutting Fred Taylor. Jones-Drew is the future for them and the future is now…

Bud Selig cannot ignore the 1990’s; giving the records back to Maris and Aaron is just as bad as allowing Bonds to hold on to them…

Every year the Daytona 500 has to fight evening showers, why don’t they just move it up an hour and have the flag actually drop at 2PM and not 3 or later…

Can’t wait to see who gets traded before the NBA deadline, watch for at least 2 to 3 big names changing area codes…

Man I really wish the Braves had signed Griffey about 10 years ago…

Get ready, Thursday night, Charles Barkley is back on TNT and Inside the NBA is once again watchable…

NFL Draft weekend will be full trades trust me…

Monday, February 16, 2009

Put the All back into Star

Everyone knows that here at Walker-Sports we love our readers, because without the fans, we would not be here. That's is why we have searched the globe far and wide to find a basketball analyst who would be up to our standards. Now I am proud to announce we have found our guy. Enter Thom Wallace, our new basketball special. Try to take it easy on him, it's only his first time here at Walker-Sport.

Now that the little half time show is over and everyone’s gotten to pimp their wares and companies at the All-Star Game, lets get to some real basketball. The All-Star game has turned into a yawn of an afterschool special with skinny kids scoring 47 points in a walk and toss rookie/sophomore game, dunk competitions with
pre-fabricated props, and Kobe and Shaq and sharing family value oriented co-MVP honors (so sweet) - gag. Thank the basketball gods one institution is relatively safe from demise and is prepared to return some semblance of respect to round ball arenas across the country; March Madness is right around the corner.

Thanks to the NBA we are getting some early drama too, before the college kids start showing what real basketball players look like, with one of the most active trade deadlines we’ve seen coming up this Thursday.

Why are so many teams looking to trade around and pass along marquee players? All of this player-go-round trade fest is tied to the simple quest for one simple concept that NCAA National Championship teams understand better than anyone; Chemistry. Players don’t win games, teams do. Some players make money for teams, but Championship teams make more money. There’s no disputing that. It’s a fact.

Sure, the Celtics last year had three of the best players in the last decade on their team. But the unknown we all watched for last year was whether or not they could come together as a team, and if 13th man on that team could dress for each game; chemistry. Show me one clip where Sasha Vujacic dove for a ball in last year’s

Finals, and while you’re looking for that clip you can think about, Perkins, Tony Allen, and Eddie House keeping the Celtics together throughout the playoffs. The Celtics may have had three of the

most talented players in the league in Garnett, Allen, and Pierce, but the others on the team poured more of their hearts into the ring mold than any one else, and the trio was made better by it.

And that’s what every GM wants, or if I were a GM, that’s what I’d be trading for. Isaiah Thomas was nothing with out, Rodman, Lambeir, and Mahorn (Joe Dumars is a given). Jordan was nothing without Pippen, Horace Grant, and Paxon. Roll players. Bird couldn’t fly without McHale, DJ, and the Chief. Magic had no spell, with out Cooper, Worthy, and Byron Scott. The list goes on. NBA players, even the best of them, need to learn how to be roll players, forget roll models, just roll players. The King has got that figured out. That’s why Lebron will out pass, literally out pass Kobe, as the best player to play the game when we look back. Nothing wrong with scoring, but statistically speaking, its better to spread the wealth and then get the ball back if you’re a star.

Since I don’t have the links to all the inside scoop like Mark Stein over at ESPN, lets look at some of the players on the block and explore where they’d fit, in the chemistry equation (try your own hand at ESPN’s Trade Machine - );

Amare Stoudamire - Chicago.
I don’t know how to do the trade cap math here, but if Obama can get a $800 Billion stimulus bill passed, there’s hope that the Bulls a
nd Suns can figure out how to make this happen. Plus Chicago’s got a lot of chips to play with, without losing too much talent. Here’s a town that respects a good team more than a good player. Sure, the Jordan era was a lot about god-worship, but Michael knew what he had around him. Now the deck is full again in Chicago and their missing one piece. Ben Gordon, Derrick Rose, Heinrich, Tyrus Thomas all in ChiTown now. Move one or two (Thomas and Hughes), and put Amare into Chi-town and you’ve got yourself a dynasty, built on youthful team chemistry and passing with a lot of scoring at the end of it all.

Shaq (and Tyrus Thomas) to New Orleans Louisiana. Bring back the local LSU boys. Send the big fella and LSU’s most prolific scorer back to the big easy where they can let their roots flow and help the best point guard in the league, Chris Paul, show the rest of the league that the big fella still has it. You want to see break dancing. Paul and Shaq would be in the finals and the big fella would be downed in Mardi Gras beads. Trade works this way, Suns get Chandler and West and in return send Thomas (Acquired from the Bulls) and O’neil.

nix - Get Chandler, West, and Hughes. Not a bad deal all around for everybody. West is the biggest loss for the Hornets, but to get Thomas back you’ve got to give something up, and West fills the loss of Amare.

(I did check this trade on the Trade Machine and this deal is good to go).

Trade Marbury and Thomas back to Detroit. That’s right. Isaiah Thomas and Starbury are too perfect for each other. Their both selfish and make the parent drama of an AAU tea
m look like an episode of My Little Pony. Joe Dumars can settle them both out. Rasheed in NYC would bring respect back. At least ‘Sheed is from a credible team based system like UNC and Philly’s Simon Gratz. Keep the little guy too. You want chemistry? Nate Robinson’s Seattle Rainer Beach grittiness is exactly the kind of thing young hot shots like Telfair from NY need to learn from. A Robinson - Sheed one-two punch is the unlikely fire that will get the street-ballers of NYC back to respecting the pathetic NY squad, maybe.

Vince Carter - Flight School. Send him to Charlotte. Michael needs a good veteran that can fill the seats. We all love high-flying Vince, but is a player really only worth his vertical? The Nets haven’t been cut since Vince showed up in Jersey and I’m not sure if he’s really worth all the mustard - Josh Howard from the Mavs or half the Spurs bench? I don’t think so. The Nets could use someone like Felton, Radmanovick, or Okafor, straight up. Maybe then, Vince will go back to being the star ACC-look-to-pass-before-you-shoot (or take off from the foul line) player that he was at UNC.

The Wizards - Back to Baltimore for the rest of season. They could learn a thing or two going back to a town that actually respects the game. Somehow the District has decided that a guy with a bum knee that talks smack all the time and is forced to hit game-winning-half-court-pull-up-three-pointers is the person to worship. Change has come to D.C. so lets get moving back to the world where Gilbert Arenas (god bless his soul) is off figuring out how to set the world on fire somewhere else. Caron Butler (Big East), Antoine Jamison, and Juan Dixon (ACC) were raised right on east coast basketball with good team chemistry basketball as their foundation, where scorers, score and pass, and roll players rebound and pass, and sometimes tip the ball in. So the basics are there, but Arenas needs to go. He is the bottleneck. D.C. is the Hollywood for ugly people, but that doesn’t mean all these out-of-towners should steal our pride in east coast basketball. Send the team to Baltimore for the remainder of the season, and I guarantee they’ll sell out the arena and the team will actually get some helpful advice from the brilliant basketball minds in Charm city rather than the mixed bag of regional allegiances that fill the empathetic hometown crowds.

Next installment; my predictions for NCAA March Madness.

Thom Wallace writes about the convergence of media, art, technology, and sustainability at www.thomwallace.com and contributes to Walker Sports when a great Baltimore basketball mind is needed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shaquille O'Neal And The Jabbawockeez Dance - 2009 NBA All-Star Game

Everyone knows that Shaq is the elder statesmen of the NBA. Shaquille O'Neal is also the the biggest clown you have ever seen both figuratively and literally. And what better place for the class clown to show off than at the 2009 NBA All Star game which happens to be taking place in his own back yard?

Shaq gave us all something to cheer about when he broke it down during the introductions to this years All Star game. At least is is better on the dance floor than Kurt Warner. But this this is not the first time we have seen the big man break it down, just think back a few seasons ago...


It's the weekend and that means it is time to invite back our goof friends from Heaven's Game. That's right the rugby boys are back in the house. And as we enter the spring here in the Northern Hemisphere there is plenty of high quality rugby being played around the globe, and Walker-Sports along with the efforts of Heaven's Game got you covered.

So this weekend we have seen the 6 Nations march on and the start of the sUpposed "Best competition in the world" in the Super 14.

All I can say is that The Super 14 better start improving by the time round 2 is completed or they will struggle to get 50 people to a match. With the exception of The Sharks and Stormers match and parts of The Waratahs performance the rest of the first round was rubbish.

There were blokes playing like they had not been introduced to the rest of the team. Teams playing as if they had never played a game of rugby before.

Commercially it appeared to be a disaster of a round too, Wellington, Dunedin, Perth all had the half full signs up. Why? Perhaps it is because people don't want to see pretend rugby.

Love it or loath it the rugby in Europe sells tickets, week in week out.

Perhaps the powers that be in Super rugby need to look at the European Cup format and drag in a few teams to make the competition less stale. Anything has to be better than what was served up this weekend in super rugby.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shawn Marion Shipped to Toronto For Jermaine O'Neal

According to sources over at ESPN. The Toronto Rapters have agreed to a deal that will send their recently acquired center Jermaine O'Neal down south to the Miami Heat. In exchange, the Heat are trading the Matrix Shawn Marion. In addition Jamario Moon is Toronto with O'Neal for the services of the Heat's Marcus Banks.

This is a good trade as neither Marion nor O'Neal have panned out well in their new homes. Marion is due over 17 million next season, and the Miami Heat do not want to be stuck with that burden.

Kurt Warner is the Worst Dancer Ever

While Kurt Warner is trying to figure out if he will play in the NFL or not next season, he went ahead and eliminated one future career option. You will not see Kurt Warner breaking it down in a music video, or dancing with the stars. Check out Kurt Warner showing his dance steps with Ellen.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Daily Erin Andrews: Erin Wins Again

Some of you may have heard about the the contest being run by Playboy to find America's sexiest sportscaster. Well all the votes have been tallied, and the results are in. Once again for the second year in a row ESPN's Erin Andrews has taken the title of sexiest sportscaster in America. Not too surprising really. Congrats to Erin, although our vote here at Walker-Sports still goes with Washington D.C.'s own Lindsey Czarniak

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Freddie Mitchell Accepts Pot Shipment from Fed Ex

Yes, you read that correctly. In all honesty you cannot make some of this stuff up, it's just too damn funny. Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell was held in Lakeland Florida earlier this week on suspicion of possession of pot. Mitchell (who used to go by the name Fred-Ex) was detained after signing for a Fed Ex package that arrived at his BBQ restaurant last Thursday. Police say the package was originally shipped to Mitchell's grandmother's house first. She then told the delivery man the package must be for her son.

Mitchell contacted Fed Ex and had them forward the package to his restaurant, "thinking it must be supplies." Upon receiving the package Mitchell stated he thought the seven pound package was oregano he had ordered. Officials said a trained dog sniffed the narcotics in the package and that is how the authorities were tipped off.

It should be known that Mitchell is not under arrest at this time and although he was handcuffed by police, Freddie Mitchell was never arrested. Currently he is under investigation.