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Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:29 am
 

Happy Halloween - BURN of the Week 10/31/09

This will be my weekly "wrap-up" on the week that was. I'll usually try and cover a topic from 4 major sports. That includes college. This week, we have NBA, NFL, College Football, and Major League Baseball on the agenda. Let's get started.
  • NBA
There's been a lot of talk about the emergence of Brooke Lopez to challenge Dwight Howard as the best Center in the East. Maybe not this year, but in the future. People say that Lopez' offensive game is much more polished. So polished in fact, that he scored 11 points on 3-8 shooting. Dwight, however, only managed 20 points on 8-11 shooting. Lopez is supposed to be a great rebounder and defender also. So great, he managed as many personal fouls as rebounds: 5 a piece. Howard, on the other hand, managed 22 rebounds w/ only 3 personal fouls.

Let's look at the entire game here
  1. Howard: 20/22/1/4
  2. Lopez: 11/5/1/1
Howard had 9 more points, 17 more rebounds, and 3 more blocks. That's a pretty hefty margin for the top two centers in a conference, don't you think? Howard only had 1 assist, but when Carter went down, the offense only ran well when it ran through him. Lopez was so overmatched, the Nets had to double. Dwight's passing has improved and he made some great reads that got some superb ball movement opening up easy looks for Anderson/Carter, and even himself.

His offensive game has gotten much better as well. He dunked a lot last night, but he has moves now people. He's got soft touch. Against 
Samuel Dalembert and Brooke Lopez, two of the league's best defensive Center's, Dwight is averaging 21 points shooting at a 77% clip. Get ready league, the take-over has just begun.
  • NFL
Unfortunately for me, I'm a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan. I know, there's a good chance that we go 0-16 this year. That would be our second ever winless season. It's heart-breaking and gut-wrenching for the fans. However, what it brought to my attention was the NFL's annual game in London.  After watching this game, I'm not a fan.

Even though the Bucs got destroyed by the Patriots, this game took away a HOME GAME from us Buccaneers fans. That's 100 dollars right down the drain. You have got to love NFL owners, right; especially ones that are 60 million dollars under the cap.

Another issue that I had was that the fans there really just didn't care. There was no real energy in the stadium. It would be like if Manchester United played some premiere league bottom feeder in Dallas' new stadium. Sure, people would watch, but no one would really be into it. It'd be just a flat atmosphere.

Now, I can't blame the NFL for putting a terrible team against a Super Bowl contender in this game considering when the decision was made. Tampa Bay was 9-3 and ranked as the third or fourth best team in the NFL. New England was also having a big year, and was set to return Tom Brady this year. It would be a clash of the titans. The, the Buccaneers blew up their team, and wa-la, you have what happened on Sunday. 

The England game takes too much planning, and as we saw last weekend, too much can happen in that time.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL
A common out-cry by football purists over the past couple weeks has been "defenses have finally caught up with the spread". That's just not true. They say that Texas Tech, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, the POWERS of the spread are all having down years offensively. Well, that's true, but it's not because "defenses have caught up with the spread". Let's take a look at some of the talent that these teams are missing this year, and we're not even including the offensive line.
  1. Florida - Percy Harvin (starting WR), Louis Murphy (starting WR)
  2. Texas - Quan Cosby (starting WR)
  3. Oklahoma - Joauin Iglesias (starting WR), Jermaine Gresham (starting TE), Sam Bradford (starting QB), Manny Johnson (starting WR)
  4. Texas Tech - Graham Harrell (starting QB), Michael Crabtree (starting WR)
All of these teams have taken heavy hits this year, especially Oklahoma. On that list are FOUR current or future NFL first round picks, and every single one other than Harrell is on an NFL roster. 

Now, look away from your traditional powers. Oklahoma State, who runs the spread, is putting up huge numbers. Auburn, who's converting over to a quazi-spread, has improved numbers. Houston is blowing people's minds right now.

The defenses have NOT caught up to the spread. It's a perfect system. Athletes in space are still athletes in space. The moment the defense tries to adapt and put a bunch of 5'9, 170 pound speedsters in the game, you're going to see a Tim Tebow or some big, powerful running back coming at you. 

The spread has too many options. It spreads you out. Think about paper. When you crumple paper up (i-formation), you can't really do anything so it. When you spread it out (spread), there are so many spots of weakness that you can have your way with it. The moment the NFL (other than New Orleans and New England) realizes that the spread is the future, you'll start to see great college players getting their dues and hopefully the end of these, "mediocre in college but has pro-tools" busts.
  • MLB:
Anyone else cheering for the Phillies just to see New York lose?
 
 
 
 
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