NBA > Mark Jackson Named Next Head Coach of Golden State Warriors

 ~ The wait is over for Mark Jackson. The lead analyst for the ESPN / ABC coverage of the NBA will be named the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo Sports.The 46-year-old Jackson has no coaching experience, however reports have already surfaced that the Warriors will surround him with the best assistant coaches they can get.

 Jackson has been a top canidate for head coaching positions the last couple of seasons in the NBA.

 Owner Joe Lacob says Jackson’s leadership as a player will translate well to coaching. His playing resume backs that up. Jackson was a point guard in the league for 17 years and made the playoffs 14 of those years. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and he is going to provide an different kind of energy for a team that is overall a young ballclub.

 

The Warriors have Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, and David Lee already in place, giving Jackson a young nucleus to build around. Critics and Warriors fans may point to Jackon’s inexperience as a problem. There maybe some bumps in the road, it comes with the territory. The bottom line is that this team over the last couple of seasons has not been very good. They needed a complete makeover and idenity change.

 

 

 

Jackson’s interview must have went so well that it left the Warriors upper management completely blown away. With no coaching background at all to fall back on, it’s definitely a gamble. It’s a a roll of the dice that I think will payoff for a young team that is looking for direction.

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Media > “YES!!!” … Marv Albert To Call NFL Games For CBS Sports

~ When Gus Johnson moved over to FOX, it left a void at CBS. They not only filled the void, they filled it with a Hall of Fame voice. Marv Albert will be doing play by play for CBS  NFL coverage.

 If CBS was looking at resume’s, it does not get much better than the one Albert posesses.  He did NFL games on NBC for 19 years,  he has been handling the play-by-play for Monday Night Football on Westwood One radio, and he handles play by play for TNT’s NBA coverage.

 

Albert is also handling college basketball play by play duties for CBS, so this move made a great deal of sense once Johnson left for FOX. It’s a great Public Relations move for CBS to secure Albert for this assignment. The stock of Gus Johnson has gone up big time the last couple of years and CBS needed to counter his departure with a big time replacement. Who bigger than the Marvelous one?

MLB > Dillon Gee Making An Impact For The Mets

~ Dillon Gee is making baseball fans aware that he plans on being in the majors for a long time to come. The 25 year old rookie has pitched lights out for the New York Mets this season. In a year that has had the Mets in the national headlines for all of the wrong reasons, Gee has been a bright spot for the team and it’s fan base.

Gee wasn’t even in the Mets starting rotation when the season started. He replaced Chris Young when he went down to a shoulder injury and hasn’t looked back since. He’s now 6-0 after his latest win against Atlanta. The Mets have not lost a game this season that Gee has started. (8 games)

Gee does not blow hitters away with overpowering stuff, he’s just putting quality innings together. It’s still early to crown him, however Gee is putting himself in the Rookie of The Year conversation. The Mets have managed to stay competitive despite the glaring holes in their lineup and the trade rumors surrounding Jose Reyes.

The team has money issues, they have attendance issues, the complaints are piling up about the lack of home runs being hit. The ownership situation was recently stabilized for now even though Fred Wilpon practically threw the team under the bus in a recent interview. The bottom line is the Mets are getting a shot in the arm from their youngsters. This is big for this teams future. Let’s keep an eye on Dillon Gee as the season continues

NFL > Plaxico Burress Leaves Prison & Begins A 2nd Chance

~ After spending nearly 2 years in prison on a gun charge, Plaxico Burress is a free man. The former New York Giant and Super Bowl MVP was recently released 3 months early for good behavior. The speculation will now begin as for where Burress will go to resume his NFL career. More importantly though, Burress gets a second chance at life with his family.

Burress pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison. He’s come a long way since that night in a NYC nightclub when he  had a concealed handgun in the waistband of his pants. The weapon slipped down and discharged when he grabbed for it, injuring himself. The life as Burress had knew it, changed from that point on.

He has now paid his debt to society and gets to resume his career. There will definitely be a market available to him as soon as the NFL ends it’s Lockout status.

 He’ll be 34 years old when (and if) the season starts. The market for wide receivers this year is an interesting one. Terrell Owens and Randy Moss are available and now Burress is thrown into the mix. He says he has kept in shape while incarcerated and of course he’ll need to get in NFL game shape as well.

The buzz is strong that the Eagles are the front runners to land Burress. That would make for a very dangerous passing attack for Michael Vick. DeSean Jackson on 1 side and Burress on the other. The Giants appear to be moving away from any interest in bringing Burress back even though Eli Manning could still use that big target that helped him so much in their Super Bowl Run.

The two teams that I think will make strong pushes for Burress are the Jets and the Rams. They are also the most logical in my opinion.

The Jets are a big market team, Burress may still want to play in the New York area. The Jets are also a team that isn’t afraid to make a controversial free agent signing. They have questions to address at the wide receiver position. Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are both up for new contracts. 

The Rams could be a good fit for Burress. St. Louis isn’t New York City, and maybe that’s what he needs at this point in his life. The Rams have a young quarterback on the rise in Sam Bradford. They need to get Bradford a big name wide receiver to throw the ball to. The head coach of the team would be someone Burress knows pretty well, Steve Spagnuolo. (Defensive Coordinator of the Giants 2008 Super Bowl Team)

Burress now returns home to his wife, his son, and a daughter that was born while he was in jail. He has to do right by them and should be thankful that he has this second chance.

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