Archive | November, 2010

Top 50 College Dunks of All Time

29 Nov

My promise: After you watch the “Honorable Mentions” you’ll be interested in seeing what actually did make the list!

LeBron Meets w/Spoelstra to Clear the Air

29 Nov

LeBron James says his shoulder-bump of Erik Spoelstra carried no hidden meaning.

“Incidental contact,” James said.

Regardless, James and Spoelstra met for about 30 minutes before the Miami Heat hosted the Washington Wizards on Monday night, talking offense and trying to find more common ground as the relationship between the two-time reigning NBA MVP and the third-year coach continues to grow.

James collided with Spoelstra while walking off the floor for a timeout in Dallas on Saturday night, prompting almost immediate — and ongoing — speculation that it was some sort of sign of disrespect. Spoelstra said he didn’t view it that way, and James insisted Monday that there was nothing untoward going on at that moment.

“I didn’t realize. I don’t think Coach realized it either until they brought it to our attention,” James said. “Really nothing, honestly.”

There is speculation that their relationship is frosty anyway.

Citing an unnamed source, ESPN.com reported on Monday that Spoelstra told James during a recent shootaround practice — which are closed — that he had to be more serious. The same report also said unnamed sources believe Spoelstra “is panicking because he fears losing his job.”

James said Monday night that when he needs to say something to Spoelstra, “I go to Spo. I don’t need to tell a source or whatever the case may be.”

Spoelstra said he didn’t mind the adversity.
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Wideout Blames God for Dropped Ball!

29 Nov

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in the end zone Sunday in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anyone who has ever tossed the pigskin around in the back yard dreams of that scenario – minus the drop, of course.

Johnson did not even have to work for the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass was text-book perfect, landing squarely in Johnson’s hands.

After the game, Johnson’s twitter account filed this faithy tweet:

 
@StevieJohnson13:

I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…

Johnson was emotional in the post game press conference.

“It was a great call; it was something we knew we could beat them on….It came to the back of the end zone. I had the game in my hands and then dropped it. That’s it.”

He said the play was something he would never get over.

“How would you feel? You’ve got this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and you got this kid coming up in the NFL making plays..All of a sudden, when the biggest play needs to be made, you don’t make it. You feel bad. I’m devastated right now.”

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Random Thought #004

29 Nov

Sunday Andre Johnson engaged in a vicious fistfight with Tennesee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Despite the ejection Johnson was awarded a game ball from coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak insists he gave Johnson the ball because his nine catches for 56 yards and a touchdown put him over 60 catches for the eighth-straight season, but the coach also led with a joke about the fight and appeared to relish in his star receiver’s scrape. Is this going to stir up some controversial comments? I wonder if Johnson will be suspended for a game. Surely he will be fined.

– Darius Barnes

Whatever Happened to Baby Jordan

29 Nov

Minor won the '93 and '95 dunk contests

Harold Miner has to just laugh about some of the rumors about him floating around on the Internet.

Like the ones about Miner being in the witness protection program. Or working at a Jack in the Box in Los Angeles. Or being a member of the LAPD and becoming an ordained minister.

“Oh my goodness, it’s crazy,” said Miner, now 39.

The truth is much less sensationalistic. Miner now resides in Las Vegas with his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. He currently isn’t working, and still lives off the over $20 million he made during a brief NBA career which — unlike many pro athletes — he managed and invested very diligently.

Miner says the biggest misconception about him is that he’s a recluse, but such speculation about his whereabouts has become common since he last appeared in the NBA in 1996 because he hasn’t been interviewed in over a decade.

He has rejected countless requests to speak with the fan favorite who earned the nickname “Baby Jordan” by winning two NBA Slam Dunk contests and dazzling crowds with his highlight-reel dunks. Even now, he only calls from a blocked phone number in an interview arranged through a former USC sports information director.

“I’m really kind of dumbfounded as to why people would be interested in reading a story about me,” Miner said. “I haven’t played in almost 15 years and I haven’t done anything significant on a national scale since my junior year at SC almost 20 years ago. It’s a trip, actually.”

Seeing how he hasn’t spoken publicly in so long, there’s a couple things he wants to get off his chest. Specifically, he thanked his fans for all their support over the years, gave props to fellow Inglewood legend Paul Pierce for becoming an NBA star and even apologized to writers that covered him in Miami — Ira Winderman and Shaun Powell — for not being himself there because of his disappointing stay on South Beach.

So why now is Miner finally ready to speak?

“I just think it’s time,” Miner said. “It’s been a long time.”

It certainly has. Miner became a household name almost two decades ago as a junior at USC by piling up points and dunks during the 1991-92 season. Miner had the shaved head, No. 23 jersey, MJ mannerisms and the spectacular slams that reminded many of “His Airness.” Suddenly, the “Baby Jordan” nickname he picked up on the playgrounds of Inglewood had spread across the nation and made him a star, something he always grappled with.

“I probably never got used to being in the spotlight,” Miner said. “I’d say it’s always been uncomfortable for me, not natural for me.”

Miner led USC to a No. 2 seed in the 1992 NCAA Tournament, becoming USC’s all-time leading scorer (a record he still holds) and earning Sports Illustrated’s college basketball’s Player of the Year award over LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal and Duke’s Christian Laettner. But the storybook season came to an abrupt end when Georgia Tech’s James Forrest knocked the Trojans out of the second round on a legendary buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Weeks later, Miner held an emotional press conference to announce he would be turning pro.
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Random Thought #003

29 Nov

With TCU leaving the Mountain West for the Big East, will Boise State back out of joining the league? Seems like TCU and an eventual BCS automatic bid were their biggest reasons for joining the league. Thats probably not going to happen anymore. My longshot: Boise joins the Big XII
– Chris McCoy

TCU Joining the Big East

29 Nov

It looks like TCU will get its chance to play in a BCS automatic qualifying conference.

The Horned Frogs have accepted an invitation to join the Big East as an all-sports member, sources told ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett on Monday morning. TCU has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. CT to make “a major announcement involving the TCU athletics program.”

TCU is currently third in football in the BCS standings and has a chance to play in the national championship, but the winner of the Mountain West does not automatically qualify for a BCS bowl. The Big East does qualify for the 2012 and 2013 seasons and will be bolstered by the Horned Frogs’ three consecutive top 11 BCS finishes. TCU will join the Big East for the 2012-13 school year, according to multiple media reports.

The Big East will now have 17 members, with nine in football. The conference has extended an invitation to Villanova to become the 10th football member.
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