Here we are only a couple of more weeks remaining in the 2015 regular season and we have a loaded West and a formidable Eastern Conferences a whole. And there a two teams in the west to really focus on the Warriors and the Spurs. And in the East who can put up an argument for the Bulls and the Cavs. And out of the four teams the Veteran Spurs and Veteran-Lead Cleveland Cavaliers. (Yes I know shocking LeBron vs San Antonio). Which leads me in to my first out of five points? The Spurs are the vets of the west winning last year and going the year before meanwhile the caves have LeBron James is a two time Champion and a 4 time MVP. My second reason is because if these teams need to host and Playoff game for their fans you better believe the Great people of San Antonio and Cleveland will come out and represent. The third reason is the cavs have an easy route to the Finals only having to contend with Chicago and Maybe Washington. The spurs on the other hand have a tougher road having to deal with the Warriors, Mavs, Clippers, Grizzlies, or the Rockets. Winner spurs in seven
This opening day for the Yankees starting on the bump will not be CC Sabathia it will be Masahiro Tanaka. Girardi's decision to do this is based on his projected health and rewarding him for his amazing performance last year, 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA . This a great decision for the Yankees the past couple of years Sabathia has been the pitcher that he was when they won the 2009 World Series. So with Girardi making this decision is a good one. Tanaka has proven that he can pitch in the MLB. Girardi has also said that they will limit him to 90 pitches. I don't see any thing wrong with this it is only the first game of season you still have a 161 games to go after that. Some people say that they should let him go as long as he can when that is a bad idea, he could hurt him self in the first game trying to finish it. He has also no more then 60 pitches in a spring start. So only letting him going 90 pitches is a smart move on the Yankees part. Also the Yankees don't want to reinjure his already torn ULC that can only be repaired by Tommy John surgery. The Yankees have chosen to use a non-surgically treatment with platelet plasma injections followed by a modified throwing program. I think Tanaka is going to do great on opening day he is probably going to go at least 5 or 6 innings and probably pick up the win that day.
By Nicklaus Guajardo
Since the rule of college players having to go to college for at least one year before becoming eligible for the NBA draft has been established, Kentucky has been the place to go for potential nba draft picks to get the minimum requirements to become eligible. The University of Kentucky has been able to have a unique system where they are able to have a near full team made up of freshman while still putting up an awesome record. The combination of fantastic coaching by John Calipari, and the amount of talent they recruit each year makes them a contending champion no matter what. John is one of the very few coaches to be able to make this system work. There is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into this type of style before the season starts. The team has to create chemistry around themselves in just a couple of months before the season and perform the offense and defense to a perfection. I give a lot of the credit to John Calipari. He works harder than any other coach in the NCAA and his record shows it.
Despite the lack of experience of the freshman, the talent and depth that the team has overruns opponents. This season, the team features nine McDonalds All-Americans on its team. I don't know of any other university that could accomplish that kind of roster. Kentucky's resume makes the school appealing to top high school players who don't mind being the second or third best player on the team. Take this years freshman at Kentucky Tyler Ulis. He was a McDonalds All-American last year in high school and chose Kentucky over any other school. Even though he could have been averaging at least 30 minutes as a starter he decided to go to Kentucky where no one on the team averages over 11 points and 25 minutes per game. It just goes to show that without John Calipari's willingness to recruit players just looking to go to the NBA, there would and never will be anything like what the University of Kentucky is doing now.
I have been searching for answers to this question for a long time now and have not been able to come up with one. The March Madness season is here and as I am typing this, the first round is halfway done. This year has been pretty crazy so far. There have been five games decided by one point, which is a record for one day in the tournament. March Madness includes late nights of stressful on-the-edge-of-your-seat games that keep me watching more and more.
There are many methods that people use to pick their teams for their brackets. Some choose analytics, others who don't know much about the teams use the method of "Which mascot would win in a fight?" Basketball analysts, like Joe Lunardi, spend hours upon hours trying to come up with explanations for why teams would win. The real truth is, there is no method. March Madness is like Vegas, there is no method to winning. I like to hear the many methods that other people use. Usually I pick teams on the strength of their lineups and the variety of scoring options that they have. I usually make my initial picks, then I go back two or three times before the start of the madness to make sure I like my picks and make my final changes.
All in all, there will never be a person that picks the whole bracket correctly no matter the method. Sports are so unpredictable because one mistake can change the whole outcome of a game. There is no method to the madness.
Many peg Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as the best duo in the NBA right now. Including me. So why should they split up? Because they have flourished in each other’s absence. Last year, without Westbrook, Durant went on a historic streak of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points or more. Consequently, it won him his first MVP and one of the most emotional acceptance speeches in NBA or maybe even sports history. Westbrook, on the other hand, has 6 triple doubles in 8 games (and counting). He has 4 consecutive triple doubles and has climbed to the top and leads the league in scoring. With his recent triple double streak, he has jumped to the top of the MVP race in most people’s list.
Both of these players are superstars in their own right and can be a franchise cornerstone on any team. The NBA’s superstars are not evenly distributed. If we split and put Westbrook or Durant on a different, and lower team, then competition in the NBA would be fiercer. The MVP race would be tighter because they would be on different teams. However, it would also stop turn OKC from a championship contender to just a playoff contender.
-Brian Nguyen LRHS
Iowa State comes into the NCAA tournament as a 3 seed with a 25-8 record. The Cyclones finished off the regular season by beating the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 championship game. Winning the tournament of the best conference in college basketball is pretty accomplishing. Also, during the season, the Cyclones went 12-6 in conference play. Some might say that .666 isn't impressive, BUT, like I said before, the Big 12 has been the best conference in the NCAA and the team that won it was only 1 game better than ISU. In the season, ISU was 6-4 against teams that are 5 seeds or higher in the tourney. Above .500 against the best 19 teams in the nation(19 because ISU is 1 of the 20) is good. In their history, Iowa State has only been to one Final Four and are 16-16 in the 16 appearances they have. This year, look for them to make the win column grow to be more than the loss column.
Iowa State gets UAB in the first round, who shouldn't pose much of a threat, considering the fact that they went 12-6 in Conference USA and they haven't beaten a ranked opponent all season. The second round, however, would be much harder. The Cyclones would play the winner of the SMU-UCLA game. SMU is the favorite to win that game and went 27-6 this season. This year is the first time that SMU has made the NCAA tournament since '93, after being left out last year, when they deserved to be in it. However, UCLA could pull it off and beat them. Either way, Iowa State shouldn't have MUCH of a battle, and should go to the Sweet 16 fairly easily. The third round is when it starts to get tougher. If Gonzaga takes care of business as they should in the first 2 rounds, they will be playing in the Sweet 16 against the Cyclones. Gonzaga will be a tough test. They were 1st overall in field goal percentage in the whole NCAA, 6th in APG, and 10th in PPG. On the defensive end of the ball, the Zags are 2nd in RPG, but 45th in points allowed. So, that being said, if ISU can play defense, they shouldn't have too hard of a time on offense, and should take the "W". I mentioned that it would be hard to take Gonzaga down, well their next opponent, assuming they don't get upset before the elite eight like they have in the past, would be Duke. Duke has one of the best players in the country in Jahlil Okafor and was 4th in the NCAA in PPG and 3rd in field goal percentage. Duke is a weird team. They beat 4 teams that were ranked in the top 10(at the time they played) this season, yet 2 of their 4 losses were to NC State and Miami! Just to be clear, Miami didn't even make the tournament and NC State lost to teams such as Wofford, Clemson, Wake Forest, and Boston College! That being said, Duke does play good against good teams, winning 7 of their 9 games against ranked opponent. In the end, Iowa State hopes to pull of the upset and win the region.
So, the answer is yes... Iowa State is good enough to win their region, and I believe they are good enough to make it all the way to the championship. Sorry Cyclones, but if you do make it to the championship, all I have to say is, I'm rooting for you, but good luck against Kentucky.
-Blake McBride, MHS
General manager of the Phillies says that the club would be better off with out Ryan Howard in the club house. In my opinion I think it would be a terrible idea to trade him and get him out of the club house. You need someone who is experienced and Howard is 35 years old. He is going to help the Phillies more than hurt him because he can help the rookies that they bring up and he can teach them a few things. The Phillies are also trying their hardest to get rid of him since they are willing to eat up $50 million of his $60 million dollar salary. If the Phillies are able to trade Howard who do they replace him with at first base? They can't because the Phillies don't have anyone to replace him unless they go out and find another one that is their price range. Even though Ryan Howard is getting up there I feel that he can still get the job done. He probably won't hit 40 or 50 home runs like he used to but I feel as though he can still hit at least 20 to 30 home runs. He has reportedly been working on his swing and has looked really good at the plate so whats the point in trading him then? I understand they are trying to get better pitching since Cliff Lee went down with his injury. I think that they trade one of their minor league players for a pitcher that would help them for the season until Cliff Lee gets better. Or they can just bring up one of their top prospects that pitches up and have them get so major league experience.
By Nicklaus Guajardo
NHL playoffs are close at hand and the battle for the Stanley Cup begins. So far only 4 teams will not be in the playoff bracket. Buffalo who are 20-43-7, 21-41-8 Arizona, 19-39-13 Edmonton, and 27-38-6 Toronto. These teams Stanley Cup dreams are no longer happening this season. But the 3 teams to watch for a possible title winners are St.louis Blues at number 3 with 45-20-5 record. NY Rangers at number 2 with 44-18-7 record. And Anaheim Ducks at number 1 with 45-20-7 record. one of these teams might be the one to take it all. And I'm going for my second hometown, the St.Louis Blues. And hopefully they can be the ones to take home the title.
What’s going to happen When Warriors meet Thunder In Finals So what unlucky NBA Team is playing the Golden State Warriors in the First round? The winner is the Oklahoma City thunder. When Oklahoma City meets Golden state in the playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors are going to beat the thunder in at least six games five if Steph Curry gets hot from behind the Arc. Now the Thunder does have a Small chance of upsetting the young and upcoming Warriors in the playoffs. But KD 3RD surgery has to go well and his bones has to react well to the surgery. Even with that the Warriors will still win in seven.
The Warriors are just an Unstoppable force at the Arena and add in to the mix they are being coached by a Championship winning coach in Steve Kerr. And a loaded backcourt, this team might just be the best out of the west
The thunder’s backcourt is pretty solid trading for Enes Kantar and Dion Waiters right before the deadline but they still will not stop Andrew Bogut and Speights for blocking them out and getting rebounds. Bottom line it is going to be long playoffs for the Thunder fans again not winning the Larry O’Brian award.
My Prediction for this Series is the Warriors in five (Depending on Kevin Durant)
By James Trietley
Yu Darvish was signed to a 6-year/$60M deal in 2012 and had very high hopes. That turned into an impressive 2012 debut, a decent sophomore year in 2013 & an injury prone 2014 through 3 years of his contract. Entering the 2015 season, Texas had plans of a rebound from an injury plagued 2014 season throughout all players. Sadly, the Texas Rangers announced on Friday that Yu Darvish will undergo season ending Tommy John Surgery to repair a his UCL. Now, the question is what will the Rangers do without their $60 million ace?
The Rangers did add a top of the line starter this offseason in the person of RHP Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo, 29, has started the past 3 opening days for the Milwaukee Brewers and put up decent numbers throughout his time with the club. This also could move LHP Derek Holland up to the no. 2 slot in the rotation. Holland finished last year with an impressive 1.46 ERA in just 5 starts & 1 relief appearance after coming back from a knee injury he suffered around this time last year. Colby Lewis is also an option to move up in the rotation as the team has rumored he feels "better than ever". Lewis entering his age 35 season, his 8th with Texas, he came off of a bad year posting a 5.18 ERA while going 10-14. Hopefully from recent speculations, Colby can become his old self and lead the team to victory.
That leaves 2 rotation spots to fill & all indications point towards LHP Ross Detwiler to the no. 4 slot. Dewiler was acquired from Washington this offseason & is looking to be a starter or long reliever. Detwiler has a career 3.82 ERA with 285 strikeouts in his 7-year career with the Nationals. The 5th spot in the rotation is up for grabs & I more than anyone would love to see pitching prospect RHP Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez. Gonzalez, only 23 years young, posted impressive minor league numbers and is ranked highly in the Rangers farm system. If he can land a spot and keep it, this will be an interesting season.