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Old School vs. New School

The NBA of today is interesting. There is more social media that makes the superstars of today larger than life. Compared to the NBA of yesteryear, this new NBA is different. But is it a better product than the NBA of the past?

I often wonder what would happen if the players of today played in the same era as Magic Johnson’s Lakers, Larry Bird’s Celtics and Isaiah Thomas’ Pistons. Would these players adapt to the style or would they continue to play the way that they are playing now? I wonder how LeBron would react if he took a hard foul like Lakers forward Kurt Rambis took back in the day. The game was definitely more physical back then. In this day and age, there isn’t any hand-checking. Hand-checking would allow players to use their hands to nudge and guide players where they wanted them to go defensively. No hand-checking allows players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to go to the basket and use their speed to their advantage. Would Kobe just complain about the physicalness of the game or would he adjust? Would LeBron wolf to the officials or would he use the brawn he possesses to bully people into submission? That would be interesting to see.

Another difference in today’s game compared to yesteryear is the presence of specialists. Guys like Steve Novak, Steve Kerr and Kyle Korver are players who possess one skill: shooting the basketball. Back in the day, there weren’t any specialist. Even though players were less athletic back then, they were better all-around basketball players. But even more than that, the players back then thought the game and didn’t just play it. Bill Laimbeer could think, shoot and play defense. Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson could play defense as well as score. More guys today just rely on athleticism or their certain skill to maintain their roster spot.

If I had a choice to watch old school or new school basketball, I would choose the old school. There was more scoring, more all-around basketball play and there was also the physical part of the game as well. You had to go hard or go home when you drove down the lane back then. Today’s game is geared more towards the offensive players, yet and still, teams struggle to score. What I wouldn’t give to see some of today’s players trying to hang in there in that type of atmosphere.

What are your thoughts sports fans? Do you like the new school basketball more than old school basketball? Let your voice be heard.

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Peyton’s Cleared To Play: What’s Next?

The news is in!! Colts QB Peyton Manning has been cleared to play by doctors. Manning still has some work to do to get ready, but all indications are is he going to give all he has to make it back, although there hasn’t been a definite return day set. So now the question comes: If he’s not in Indianapolis (which he probably won’t be), where does this future Hall-Of-Famer go? In my estimation, three teams could be in the running for Peyton, assuming he is able to get healthy enough to play.

The first team that should take a look at Peyton is the New York Jets. The last few seasons the Jets have been led by Mark Sanchez at quarterback. No offense to Sanchez, but he isn’t the most consistent quarterback when it comes to making clutch plays. Also, with Sanchez, the Jets weren’t exactly a team that could come back from deficits at all. If you plug Peyton Manning in that offense, then maybe the Jets are more consistent offensively and win 10-12 games. And maybe wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Dustin Keller would be used more as well. You add that to head coach Rex Ryan’s expertise on defense and you would have a potential Super Bowl contender.

The next team that could be in the running for Manning would be the Miami Dolphins. This franchise hasn’t had a great quarterback since Dan Marino. What better quarterback to start the Joe Philbin era than Peyton? It sure beats the alternatives that are out there if Peyton is healthy (Matt Flynn, Kyle Orton). Manning would have some nice weapons to throw to with wide receiver Brandon Marshall, tight end Anthony Fasano and he would be electric with slot receiver Davone Bess. All these guys to go with Reggie Bush and the Miami offense would be pretty dangerous.

The last and final team I could see making a run at Peyton if he’s healthy is the San Francisco 49ers. The 9ers had a great defense, but they just lacked some punch offensively. Alex Smith played great this season and I believe it’s a long shot that San Francisco pursues Manning, but why not take a look? The addition of Manning to go along with a wide receiver would make the 49ers. A serious contender again in the NFC.

Manning has a long way to go in his rehab. He still has to strengthen his arm and get some nerves to regenerate in his arm. Also, when picking up Peyton, you also have to assume the risk of him potentially going down again with an injury. But Peyton’s story reminds me of another great quarterback, Joe Montana. People thought Joe Montana was done and apparently, so did the 49ers. They let him go and he turned around and went to the Kansas City Chiefs and led them into the playoffs. Maybe it’s Peyton’s turn to have his Joe Montana moment. But instead of finishing with a loss in the playoffs, maybe Manning could finish holding the Lombardi trophy.

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Just Fight Already!

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio are considered by most the best boxers in the world. Both have enforced their will on all the boxing world, but they can’t seem to get everything right to give everyone what they want to see. The latest turn in this saga has Mayweather fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5th and also has Money Mayweather calling out Pac-man and saying that he’s ducking the fight in so many words. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of hearing about this fight.

I’ve heard Mayweather run his gums about the potential fight. I’ve heard Manny’s crew say some things as well. But the main thing in this whole equation is this: we’re hearing a lot of talk but no action has been taken. We all know what the fight comes down to: money. The funny thing is both will be paid handsomely for a sport they love to participate in. Why not split the purse and make it happen? The worst that could happen is you both make a ton of money win or lose.

As a distant fan of boxing, the more this standoff goes on, the more interest I lose in this fight happening. And also, the more faith I lose in these two being nothing more than guys that can talk a good game to each other but not get in the ring and back it up. For the love of boxing, Mayweather and Pacquaio need to stop the talking and start the walking. Its sad that the most talented men in the boxing field could do a lot to save the game, but they can’t let go of their greed. It’s sickening.

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