Browsing Posts published in May, 2012

It’s been a common topic for at least three or four seasons already; are the New York Yankees too old to compete? Should they go with a youth movement on offense? Or even, can they? And how is this affecting their MLB odds?

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The battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup kicked off last night, NHL odds were red hot and the drama and excitement levels were through the roof. Two of the best goaltenders in the league were going head to head, and once again, the best goalie prevailed. The Kings and Devils were tied 1-1 going into the third period, and then again in overtime. continue reading…

On Tuesday, I highlighted each offensive skill position for the Giants. Today, we’ll dive into the offensive line and special teams units.

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Tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery will change the future of the league. The winning team will land the rights to selected prized Kentucky center, Anthony Davis. During his freshman season at Kentucky, Davis averaged 14.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, and an outstanding 4.7 BPG. Davis’ defensive abilities have drawn comparisons to Marcus Camby. Add in his low-post offensive presence and mid-range game and Davis has the ability to be a special player. The Charlotte Bobcats have the best odds to land Davis (25%) while the Washington Wizards (20%), Cleveland Cavs (13%), New Orleans Hornets (13%), Sacramento Kings (8%), and Brooklyn Nets (8%) have outside chances to land Davis.

Of note, the Brooklyn Nets have the most to gain (or lose) during the lottery. After trading a protected first round pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, a Top 3 selection will allow the Nets to keep the pick. With Deron Williams’ impending free agency, a Top 3 will give the Nets some options…

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There are a whole lot of scenarios that could change my NBA picks on this young rivalry between now and the start of next season, but these two teams both have some promise. The Knicks obviously made the playoffs, but ran up against the Heat. The Nets had a disappointing season and have a lot of questions they must address.

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The Finals for Lord Stanley’s Cup are finally set and the NHL picks are on Kings side. While the 8th seeded Kings all but ran through the Western Conference Finals, the Devils had a hard fought battle with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Neither of these teams had home ice advantage thus far, but now  stand four wins away from hoisting the Cup. That’s how much home ice means in hockey.

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Through the next few weeks, I’ll highlight each New York team (and their opposition) on both sides of the ball. Granted, some free agency moves will happen in the next few months, but these articles should give fans a general idea for the structure of each division. Without further delay, here is the preview of 2012 New York Giants offense.

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Just win. That was the Rangers only objective heading into Game 6. It didn’t matter how they got it done…they needed a win or their season would be finished. More importantly, the Rangers franchise was 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Graden, leading to some added motivation. However, it was not meant to be.

After battling back from 2-0 deficit, the Rangers rallied to tie the game, but fell in overtime. Adam Henrique netted the game winner for the Devils, who will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night against the red hot LA Kings.

For the Rangers, it has been apparent that they seriously lack depth on their third and fourth lines. Their two top lines feature many great players, but their lack of the depth stoppped a pivotal Game 7. Ryan Callahan netted the first two Blue Shirt goals, but the rest of the Rangers couldn’t get the puck behind Marty Brodeur.

As the Rangers enter the off-season, they’ll hang their hats on their deep playoff run, $15 million in cap room, and youth on their roster. For the Devils, winning the Cup could mark the end of Brodeur’s tenure as Devils goalie and allow Zach Parise to chase a big contract in free agency. However, the LA Kings, led by goalie Jon Quick, have been sensational.

Overall, it was a nice season and Ranger fans have to be encouraged about the future of their team.

It was a great ride for the Giants through the postseason last year. After looking like they weren’t going to make the playoffs, they started peaking at the right time. Their stellar offense led the way and their once pretty bad defense stepped up when they needed them the most.

This season, the Giants NFL odds are +1650 to win the Super Bowl in 2013. That means there are eight teams with better odds surrounding them. These teams include the Patriots, Broncos, Eagles and Saints.

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Last year in the playoffs, Russell Westbrook was benched during key fourth quarter stretches. This year, Westbrook is at the forefront of the Oklahoma City Thunder attack. Through nine post-season games, Westbrook is averaging 24.1 PPG, 4.4 APG, and 1.9 Steals. His dynamic scoring ability has made him the perfect complement to Kevin Durant. While Westbrook isn’t the prototypical point guard, his athleticism, energy, and commitment on the defensive end has fueled the Thunder. With Oklahoma City set to face San Antonio in the Western Conference finals, one of Westbrook’s key attributes will determine whether the Thunder will emerge victorious…

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