When New York Teams Get Desperate

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps – and full of extremely harsh critics. So if you play for a professional team in the Big Apple, expect no pity from fans and the media alike. With the mentality of aiming to live up to the the expectations of others, New York teams have took drastic measures to bulk up their teams by adding players that either makes the group better – or worse. Let’s take a little closer look at some of the failed deals these past 5 years.

NY Yankees. The team recently traded for OF Vernon Wells, who’s an All-Star, about 5+ years ago. The team’s age average falls in the mid-30s and soon enough, these players will retire. A bad and desperate move on the Yankees part. Think A-Rod, the highest paid player who is currently on contract with the team, le sigh. But with the most money, they are constantly known as the evil empire.

NY Mets. This National League team hasn’t done amazing this past decade. They last made the World Series in 2000 when the Yankees beat them and haven’t made much impact since then. They’ve had Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, Jose Reyes, etc – which played on an All-Star level, but not big enough to help the team garner another championship title.

NY Jets. Two words. Tim Tebow. Many people already knew this was a bad idea especially when they had Mark Sanchez and Tebow compete for the starting spot, and of course, Sanchez would take it for seniority reasons. Tebow played a few minutes, something he was not used to, causing a non-cohesive chemistry between teammates, coaches, and management. And they didn’t make the playoffs. It’s surprising to see that Rex Ryan is still the team’s head coach.

NY Knicks. This team has gone through a wild roller coaster for the past decade, and they are slowly regaining natural, competitive form. But remember when players such as Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Mike Bibby, Zach Randolph, etc. played for the Knicks at one point during those ten years? Sad to say, but their big bucks went to waste as the players did not perform up to superstar expectations. Let’s hope this does not happen again though.

NJ/Brooklyn Nets. They once the “team to beat,” but suddenly has lost that. With Deron Williams and Joe Johnson on the roster, many people thought they’d maintain that winning status. But rumors have circulate that D-Will’s constant bad behavior has caused strain with the coaches. Will they succumb to a curse?

Despite some flaws and little bumps along the way, these teams have had a fair share of successes. Every move made can be unpredictable and the result can differ with each team. It all takes a good bet and strategy for deals to play out the right way.

 

NCAA Update: Underdogs Rule Over Favs

Sports fans roared or gasped in shocked. Players thrust theirs arms in the air to celebrate victory. People always love a good Cinderella story, and this year’s NCAA March Madness has provided that in multiple games early on in the tourney. Some examples? Florida Gulf Coast University over San Diego State and Georgetown. Wichita State over Gonzaga. Cal over UNLV. You get the picture.

These underdogs have gone through a rags-to-riches run, and some of the teams have proven their worth dominating over successful basketball teams in just the first round. Sure, the fan favorites have proven their worth time and time, to earn their title as the possible winners. And of course, the media magnifies the publicity around it, even so much that the players get a little upper hand and shot to get drafted in the NBA.

However, it’s the underdogs such as Florida Gulf Coast University that has given the beautiful Cinderella story so far. While their opponents have been superior, but ultimately it’s the team’s chemistry, heart, and drive that allows them to claim the title as victors. And surely, fans keep wanting more to see little David beat mighty Goliath.

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POTUS Vs. You

The madness is everywhere. Even President Obama has joined in on the frenzy and has selected who he thinks will advance every round of the March Madness tournament.

From the looks of it, he has picked favorites such as Louisville, Duke, and Kansas to make it far in the tournament, with Indiana taking it all in the end. How does your bracket compare to the Commander-in-Chief.

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March Madness Begins: May the Odds Be Every in Your Favor.

Today marks the beginning of the March Madness tourney – one the most exciting time in sports, for all those who follow. With brackets filled and locked in now, people bet on who they think is going to advance in every round and most importantly, win it all. There are many teams that stand out and ruled out as favorites, but this tournament can always be unpredictable, as ‘Cinderella Story’ teams tend to pull surprising upsets.

Who do you think is going to win it all? Tell us your thoughts.

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Meet Superstar Athletes & Their Equally Famous Other Half

To be married to a famous athlete is one thing, but to be equally famous as your half is a whole, different story. Athletes may have created a name for themselves through natural talent, hard work, and commitment, but what happens when the athletes mingle with celebrities of the same level of fame. The result is a dynamic duo, constantly bombarded with flocks of media and attention. Here are some notable pairs.

David Beckham & Victoria Adams. This international famous couple have been married for years – a significant feat rarely accomplished in their respective worlds. After almost two decades of marital bliss, having four children together, dodging tabloid rumors, and dealing with flocks of paparazzi, the twosome remain intact together and also continue to succeed in their respective careers.

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Tom Brady & Gisele BunchenThe QB always get the girl, and this couple is a true example of that common testament. The pair secretly dated and married in 2009, and have been going stronger since then. Together, they have two children and have been mainly living low-key in Brady’s city of Boston. Not going to lie, they make quite the beautiful couple.

Justin Verlander & Kate Upton. He’s the premier baseball pro. She’s the ‘It’ girl and model, of the moment. And together, they make a head-turning couple. Dating since 2012, the relatively new couple have kept it surprisingly quiet, in terms of flaunting their status as a couple. A humble duo tends to stay together in the long haul, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this couple does that. 

Gerard Pique & Shakira. Despite their ten year age difference (she’s 36, he’s 26), the soccer star and Latina songstress has showed time and time that age is nothing but a number. Dating for just a little over a year, Shakira recently gave birth to the couple’s first child and plan on getting married later this year. “Felicitaciones” are in order.

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Mike Fisher & Carrie Underwood. The country star married her hockey hubby back in 2010 and have been going strong year by year. During an interview last year, she even shared that her husband is the epitome of a true gentleman, holding her purse when necessary. Lads, a gentleman always keeps a woman’s heart. Take notes.

Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker. After Mandy Moore, retired tennis player Andy asked his agent to track down Brooklyn’s phone number, and the rest was history. The two married in a quiet ceremony in Austin in 2009. Both have been supportive of each other’s careers, appearing on the sidelines. Her at Andy’s tennis matches and him at her runway shows. Support is a vital ingredient in a successful marriage and these two lovebirds exemplify
that quality in a relationship.

Lamar Odom & Khloe Kardashian. Less than a month of dating, these two tied the knot, and many people bet it wouldn’t last. But both proved everyone wrong. Married for more than two years, she has shown support of his basketball career and he has dealt with the madness and drama that comes with the Kardashian name. 

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Amid All Controversy, Tiger Woods Shows Who’s Boss

His love life is blooming brightly again with Lindsey Vonn. It sure looks like Tiger Woods‘s game is back on, and he proved it after garnering an effortless victory for his 17th World Golf Championship win yesterday. After dealing with years of controversy and coming off from a mediocre year, he finally showed his original form at best.

Despite competing against a strong pool of opponents, Woods demonstrated full control of the game and didn’t allow his rivals to inch near him during the tournament. Even No.1 ranked Rory McIlroy looked fragile, finishing with only 65 points due to his faulty strokes that left him behind five golfers at the final tally. And because of these few errors, Woods prevailed over his rivals to prove his game and health was up to par this year.

He also didn’t allow the media’s critique over his personal life outshine his swing. Many people probably remember him for the public mishap with his ex-wife and the cheating scandal, and many thought that would have ended his career.

But with all that in the back burner, the spotlight has centered to what he was originally known for – being a top golfer. With this hard-earned victory, he is easing back to slowly obtaining the No. 1 ranking in the world. With the Masters tournament a mere month away from starting, many people favor Woods to win it.

In all of it, he exemplifies a fine example of someone who can dominate the negative musings of society and rise again to the very top, while many celebrities and world-famed athletes have previously succumbed to it.

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MLB News: Greatest Closer to Retire After 2013 Season

This baseball legend is known for closing more games than any other closer in Major League Baseball history – and he aims to end his last season on a high note. The New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is predicted to announce his retirement this Saturday at a news conference, after playing his entire 15-year career with the same team that magnified his best work, won five championships, and selected to the All-Star game for 12 seasons.

One of the most colorful players of all time, he has faced ups and downs throughout his career. However, it is his work ethic, talents, and humble demeanor that has fellow legends, athletes, and fans idolize him to a great extent.

With 608 saves under his belt, he will enter this season with his abilities tested by the current pool of some of most elite baseball players. In fact, 2012 was supposed to be the year to end his campaign. But a season-ending injury and surgery during spring training, pushed that on the back burner.

He has another (and last) season to continue where he left off and many people predict he will naturally shine, despite being absent for a year. After all, he is the most dominant closer for the past 15 years, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP – the lowest in baseball history. Lucky for us, there’s one more year, the sports realm have the privileged opportunity to watch the closer save the games in effortless fashion.

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March Means One Thing: Madness

It’s almost the conclusion of the NCAA basketball season, leaving teams making a final push for a coveted spot in the tourney bracket, also known as March Madness. And with a week until the tournament, these collegiate teams are sure to put in blood, sweat, and tears in every game and hope to win a title at the end of all of it.

A total of 68 teams will partake in the battle for the prestigious title of NCAA champion. As with any sport, there’s always a list of favorites and underdogs but any way can go; the tournament leading up to March Madness can be unpredictable because heavy weights have fallen during the regular season.

The Elite.

Top favorites include Georgetown Hoyas, California Golden Bears, and NC Tarheels, among the few who will finish off the year with a winning record. Despite some road bumps during the season, critics predict they will continue to strive and dominate in the tournament.

Crumble to Fall. The Syracuse Orange, Louisville Cardinals, and Miami Hurricanes were seen as strong contenders early into the season but after facing some woes and failures, these teams are predicted to make exits, even during the first round. The defense aspect of the teams has hindered them from from closing out basketball games.

The Surprising. A few teams, that are not even ranked, have been predicted to make headlines this year for their respective stellar performances throughout the year. Creighton Bluejays, Wichita State, and UNLV Rebels have made names for themselves amongst a competitive pool f teams.

The madness begins on Tuesday, March 19th and will last approximately two weeks, ending Monday, April 8th.

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Fall of A Dynasty? NY Yankees Look Weak

The New York Yankees, the team with the most championships in sports history, have appeared to fallen off the favorable radar for this MLB season. Despite carrying a lineup boosted by all-star power, multiple factors have contributed to their demise prior to the regular season. Here are factors that shape their current state.

Injuries. The Yankees have been plagued by numerous injuries since early in the first-round playoffs last year. Disgruntled third baseman Alex Rodriguez and top-notch outfielder Curtis Granderson will be out early this season due to surgeries. Meanwhile, the face of the Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be returning from an injured ankle. Other key players such as closer Mariano Rivera and Brett Gardner will also be coming back after rehabilitating injuries most of last season.

Age. They say that age is nothing, but a number. However when it comes to maintaining the physical stamina and strength, the Yankees fail in this aspect. A majority of the players are over the ages of 30, leaving the fountain of youth scarce and not an ample of proteges for the next few years. Previous statistics demonstrate that the team tends to fall apart when most of the players fall in over 35 years of category. 

Chemistry. The dynamic in the clubhouse has certainly changed as Yankee fan favorites such as Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, and Russell Martin have changed zip codes after the 2012 season, leaving the Yankees to pursue other new faces, who still continue to adjust to the team’s playing style.

Quiet off-season. This team is known for making bold moves by pursuing big name players to join them but oddly, this year proved to be a quiet one. They could have easily signed free agent stars such as Josh Hamilton but the Yankees opted out and stuck with most of their players on the current roster. Time will tell if this will benefit or harm them in the process…

While the NY Yankees are known for their boisterous lineup, this season might bring another vibe, unfamiliar to the team as well as to their fans. Changes need to be made to maintain their image, or else they might possibly face the fall of their dynasty…

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius Kills Model Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed to celebrate love and happiness, but for a worldly-famed Olympian, Paralympic star it became a nightmare. South African track star 26-year-old Oscar Pistorius was arrested after police found his 30-year-old model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead at his home in Pretoria this morning.

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Pistorius who is one of the most celebrated athletes present-day, making history last year as the first double amputee runner to compete in the Summer Olympics in London – after a long battle to compete in the games. And as of today’s ordeal, many are shocked of the drastic turn of events that unfolded.

Police responded to a call to Pistorius’s home, with what neighbors said was a place filled complaints of domestic nature. According to reports, the athlete shot his girlfriend four times on the head and upper body until she died, during the dawn hours of Thursday. Earlier, many reporters and sources speculated that he had mistaken his girlfriend as an intruder, but police verified that these reports were invalid.

He was taken into custody this morning. Court hearings will take place tomorrow and bail for release has been restrained. Television, websites, and other media outlets have pulled his advertisements off until further noticed. As for now, an athlete, who inspired the world with his remarkable resilience and abilities, have now shattered his image with unforeseen tragedy.

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