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AROUND THE AREA
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Five Tornado players are top prospects
AROUND THE AREA
PONIES HEATING UP
WHAT DO MAVS NEED FROM THEIR CAPTAIN?
WELCOME BACK PUTTER
MAVS NEED BACKCOURT TO THRIVE
A SUPR BOWL REMATCH
HALF-TIME SHOWS & COMMERCIALS
MAVS WINNING WITH DEFENSE
SPORT SHORTS SHOULD RANGERS ADD ANOTHER ARM?
MARK CUBAN WITH BADD RADIO
PIZZA AT DOUGH
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Special to Sportspage Weekly Nick Neville, Jack Prince, Taylor Herndon, Jordan Greenberg, and Justin Greenberg all headed to Troy The North American Hockey League announced its rosters today for the NAHL Top Prospects event to be held in Troy, Mich. from February 20-22. Nick Neville, Jack Prince, Taylor Herndon, and Jordan Greenberg were named to the South Division Roster while Justin Greenberg will also be in Troy to compete as part of the NAHL 18U select team. “We’re very proud of our five players who have been selected to next month’s NAHL Top Prospects event,” Tornado head coach and general manager Tony Curtale said. “They’re all very deserving, dedicated, and talented enough to play hockey at the Division-I level. We’re certainly excited for them to have the opportunity to get the exposure that will be available to them in Troy.” Neville, a defenseman from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is in his first season in the NAHL. After playing his midget hockey with the Little Caesars Hockey Club in Detroit, he came to Frisco and has scored 3 goals and 19 assists in 41 games this season. His 22 points lead all Tornado defenseman in 2011-2012. Born in 1993, Neville was also eligible for the 18U squad, but was chosen to represent the South Division. Prince is another product of Little Caesars, winning a Midget Major national championship with the organization before coming to the Tornado. Now in his third season with the team, Prince is the captain and leading scorer, with 24 goals and 24 assists on the season. He has also scored four goals in a game twice this season, once on November 5 against New Mexico and again on December 30 against Odessa. Herndon has scored 13 goals and 11 assists in 2011-2012. He was the team’s leading goal-scorer on November 5, but suffered a wrist injury and missed the next two months before returning in early January. In his first game back on January 5, the Oklahoma City, Okla. native picked up the Tornado’s lone goal against Corpus Christi. Jordan Greenberg is in his first season as a member of the Tornado after spending last season with the Austin Bruins. Hailing from Plano, the elder Greenberg has come back home and, alongside Justin, slid right onto the top line with Prince. Jordan missed five games in January with a hand
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injury and has 10 goals on the year while his 33 assists are tops on the team and second overall in the NAHL.
17-year-old Justin Greenberg scored his first career goal on September 15 against Alexandria and currently sits seventh on the team with 24 points, most among Tornado rookies. However, he has been sidelined since December 28 with an ankle injury. Six teams will take part in the Top Prospects event, with the rosters to be comprised of 20 players from each of the NAHL’s five divisions. In addition, 20 of the league’s best 18-year-old and under players will make up the sixth team. Each team will play once a day during the threeday event, with all games scheduled to take place at the Troy Sports Center. The Texas Tornado, proud members of the 28-team North American Hockey League, play at the state-of-the-art Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. The team will host the 2012 Robertson Cup National
FC DALLAS ADDS MATT HEDGES FC Dallas selected defender Matt Hedges with the No. 11 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft held today at The Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. “We had been tracking Matt all year as he was competing for North Carolina, winning a national championship and his stock continued to rise,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “We were kind of surprised he was still available at No. 11. He's strong. He's got great size at 6’4” and he has really good feet, good movement, quickness and ball distribution. He’s also got a little bit of a bite to him that you want in your defenders. He's going to be a really good fit for us to help bring more balance and support to the center back position.” A four-year starter, who compiled 85 starts between Butler University and the University of North Carolina, Hedges scored 18 goals and added seven assists as a defender. He was named to the NSCAA All-American First Team as a senior, leading the Tar Heels defense to a 0.69 goals against average and its second national title. Hedges started all 26 games UNC played in 2011 alongside freshman and FC Dallas Academy product Boyd Okwuonu. He found the back of the net six times for the Tar Heels last season.
WEEKLY CALENDAR FEBRUARY
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Wild at Stars 7:00 PM TXA 21 Legends at 66ers 7:00 PM
Oilers at Americans 7:05 PM
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reduced playing time, Elliott still leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game followed closely by Simpson with 7.0.
MUSTANGS CHARGE Last Sunday, the SMU women's basketball team routed East Carolina 68-44. Christine Elliott canned 16 points, her high for this year, to lead all scorers; and she did so in just 20 minutes of playing time. At the other post, senior Heidi Brandenberg from Garland added 12 more points, her career high; as almost half the Mustangs' scoring came from the two post players.
PONIES ON A NICE STREAK Sunday's win moved SMU's record to 10-8 for the season and 3-2 in Conference-USA. They are one of four teams with two losses trailing 6-0 UTEP and 4-1 Memphis in conference play. However, the Mustangs have now won three in a row. Indeed, winning at Marshall a week earlier may have been the turning point of the season. Marshall is one of the more talented teams and the trip to Huntington, West Virginia is one of the more difficult travel venues in the conference.
The combination of a defensive effort that forced 20 ECU turnovers, the inside scoring from SMU's post players, and the transition game that ended up with 10 points to none off fast breaks, made this the most complete game played this year by SMU. The Mustangs never trailed racing out to a 10-4 lead in the first four minutes and taking an eight point lead into the halftime locker room. In the second half though, the Ponies extended that lead to 13 at 39-26 in the first four minutes, and were never really challenged the rest of the way. COACH HAPPY WITH EFFORT After the game, Coach Rhonda Rompola was obviously pleased and surprised with the ease of the win and the margin of victory. The loss moved ECU's conference record to 0-5, but three of the losses were by six points or less to teams at the top of the C-USA standings. “I thought we did a good job of running the basketball and playing our transition game.” She was particularly pleased with her defense, especially how her players executed the adjustments the coaches installed for ECU. “This is the second game in a row where the opposing team has shot under 30% in
“I think that Marshall game was a huge mental victory for us, Rompola said. “I think what our kids overcame, and we hung in there at the end. I think it really gave us some confidence. I like what I saw today (last Sunday). I like how our kids are feeling about themselves right now.”
the second half. And that's what coaches look at. If you're going to keep teams under 30%, you're going to have a chance to win.” There's no question that this year has been disappointing for the Mustangs. Senior post Elliott was thought to be an AllConference type player, a player that could be a conference player of the year award winner. Instead, she's just the fourth leading scorer on the Mustangs after Sunday's game, though she has been slowed healthwise. It was thus a good sign to see her high scoring game of the year. Coach Rompola said about Elliott, “One of
the things I just told her after the game I said, 'this is probably the best game I've seen you play all year.' Chris doesn't practice every practice. She's had some knee problems and she just has to rest the knee. Her timing has been off this year because she doesn't practice. She probably practices about half the practices. The other thing today, she finally looked for her shot more. She needs to be more offensive minded.” The Mustangs are led in scoring by Alisha Fillmore (10.7 PPG) from Mansfield Summit, Akil Simpson (10.0) from Duncanville, and Samantha Mahnesmith (9.1) from Kennedale. Even with her
This is Rompola's 21st season as head coach of SMU's women's team, and last Sunday's win was her 376th, making her the all time winningest coach in school history. Her win last month over TCU surpassed former Men's Soccer Coach (and present FC Dallas head coach) Schellas Hyndman's total of 368. With the way her team is jelling in late January, she has optimism that this year's team can find at least 10 more wins to reach the 20-win plateau for the eighth time in her coaching career. The Mustangs are back home this Sunday afternoon against Tulsa after a trip to Orlando to face Central Florida on Thursday night.
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SPORTS TALK WITH MIKE FISHER
What does Dallas need from the Uberman far based on their expectations. by MIKE FISHER FISH firstname.lastname@example.org
With Nowitzki, they are capable of moving beyond “solid.'' “All we have to do,'' Dirk said, “is keep working and hopefully keep everyone healthy and be there when it counts and in the playoffs.''
Last Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks experienced Dirk Nowitzki's return at home against the San Antonio Spurs after a scheduled four-game absence during his “Dirk-Out Workout.'' As a team, thanks to their 101-100 OT win, the Mavs backed up the words uttered by Dirk from a week of observing the Mavs and their foes.
That's the talk of the champion. Sometime soon, Dallas is hoping to benefit from the production of one.
“I haven't seen one team in the West that I'm scared of,” Nowitzki said, and of course, the rest of the West might fire right back at Dallas and Dirk, “They feeling is mutual, fellas.' ' But maybe the Mavs are about to get more scary in the form of a returning MVP candidate.
It became clear over the first month of the season that Nowitzki wasn't right, because of last season's lengthy playoff run, extra time spent playing for Germany's national team, a bothersome knee, the shortened preseason or all of the above. So the Mavs made the decision shut him down. MAVS NEED DIRK TO BE “DIRK” The Mavericks will need to begin running their offense through him again despite their 3-1 record in the four games without him. During a nine-game absence last season, the Mavericks were a deflating 2-7 without their superstar. This time around, the Mavs actually realized some team success and even development over the Nowitzki-less stretch. So it's up to Nowitzki to somehow marry the personal progress he's made with this contending team's positive momentum. A few things that will be need to be seen from Nowitzki … Find His Most Lethal Weapon: The consistency in Nowitzki's legendary jump shot needs to return. Almost all of Dirk's attack comes from defenses game-planning against his perimeter shot. It's become less and less a part of his game over the years, but Dirk's three-point shooting
to start this season was bordering on non-existent as he was making only 24-percent of his long-rangers. He needs to continue to strike fear into defenses with his shot. If he can't, he's not Dirk. Next-Level Form: Nowitzki needs to prove, to himself amongst others, that his knee and fitness are at a level that consistently allows him to make all of his basketball plays. Most importantly, that includes the ability to take the ball to the basket to score or facilitate when defenders close out on his shot. When Nowitzki was playing this season, his feet almost appeared to be stuck in sand when making moves to the basket after showing his shot or pump faking.
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It's well-documented that Nowitzki was forced to put himself through an eight-day training camp after not being where he needed to be physically to carry the load in the way the Mavericks expect of him. It's simplistic to say Nowitzki was “out of shape''; that's a relative thing and Dirk bristled a bit when coach Rick Carlisle characterized him that way.
Offensive Stability: When the Mavericks offense is operating at a high level and moving the ball like it should with Nowitzki as the centerpiece, it's a thing of beauty. “Flow,'' is what the Mavs call that part of their offensive system. With Nowitzki unprepared to play his normal role within the offense, the Mavericks were a scoring sloth at only 92.4 points per game through the first 16 outings. Get to the Line: In every year except one since the 2000-01 season, Dirk has averaged at least 6.1 free throws per game. Dirk's current rate of 4.6 trips to the line per game just doesn't add up. Dallas must get the easy points expected from him. Be the MVP: When he is operating at his normal elite level, Dirk is the Mavericks' best offensive player … even when he isn't scoring, simply due to his sheer presence. The extra attention and double-teams Nowitzki consistently faces allows his improved passing to be the main reason Dallas' offense has a flow to it. After a rocky start, the Mavericks are more than a quarter into a solid season so
Mavs won’t make much noise without their MVP playing up to his abilities.
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WITH TOM WARD
With warm weather, “Welcome Back, Putter” by TOM WARD S P E C IAL C O NTR I B UTO R email@example.com
to see the hole. This trust drill allows players to project and make their stroke to the hole without trying to guide or steer the ball.
green as you approach it. From this angle and distance, you can get a more accurate view of the contour. Once on the green, check the sight from both sides. Check
There are two prevalent schools of thought regarding putting. 'Never up, never in,” and “Let the ball die at the hole.” 'Never up, never in” may work well on slow greens, but it will be responsible for many three-putts on fast greens. With this approach, the ball has only one door to enter the hole. The “die at the hole” approach, meanwhile, has three doors it can enter: the front, and both sides. A good putter learns to read the greens by studying the contour, speed, texture of the grass and the grain. I recommend you start scanning the
the grass while sighting the line of your putts to the hole. The ball will travel faster on fine, close-cut turf and when the grain is with you. A cross grain will curve the ball in the direction of the grain. The grass will appear shiny with the grain, and darker against the grain. Take a close look at the area around the cup of the hole, where the most break is likely to occur. Speed can affect break. Your first judgment on speed and break is usually the best. The longer you stand over your putts, the more tension can build up. Once you make up your mind, don't start second guessing yourself and
“A Gimme putt: An agreement between two losers who can't putt” Jim Bishop With the golf season fast approaching, it's time to get on speaking terms with one of the most valuable clubs in your bag, the putter. Putting is the one club that everyone should be reasonably good at, but alas, many are not. Perhaps that's why golf allows us two putts on the green when absolutely perfect putting would only require one stroke. Putting is a combination of concentration, confidence and touch. The common premise is that “putting is all in the head”. This depends upon what head we're talking about the player's head or the head of the putter. The putting stroke that is best depends upon the individual. Some of the best putters in history had some odd-looking stances and grips that worked quite well. Remember, too the most important key to being a great putter is “Feel.” Over the years I've worked with many blind golfers who had magnificent touch on the greens. If I gave them the exact distances to the hole, they were uncanny in their ability to judge the correct distance to the hole time after time. My father in his later years was considered 'legally blind' due to complications with his health. He continued playing golf until his passing a few years ago. One time we were on the course and I had to read the putts for him. If he missed the putt he would jokingly tell me that I must have mis-read the break on the greens. On many occasions I make my students putt blindfolded so they can use their “mind's eye” and not their “physical eye”
go ahead and pull the trigger. What's the easiest shot in golf? Well, it's the gimme putt. Your friends may give it to you, but I promise you serious competitors won't so you need to be prepared to knock in even those short tap ins. How many times have you made a putt after you have already missed it on your first attempt? It's because we tend to place too much pressure on ourselves. Once the pressure is off we can be relaxed and execute the stroke properly. A good drill to practice your putting is to start off making a bunch of really short putts in a row to help you gain some confidence. Then gradually move back a little further and continue the game of seeing how many you can hole out in succession. I'll have a lot more putting drills in future columns. Finally, I have some more golf lingo as they relate to putting for you: 1.)a plumber- someone who drains a lot of putts. 2.) Afraid of the dark- When a putt comes to the edge of the hole and decides to either stop short or proceed past the cup. 3.)Dance floor- The putting green. 4.)Flat stick- a term for your putter. 5.) Ice rink- a description applied a very fast green. 6.) Meat(left on the bone)-A statement describing a putt that stops significantly short of the hole. 7.) Paint job- A putt that paints the inside of the hole and then rolls out. 8.) Toilet flusher- A putt that swirls around the rim of the hole before draining. 9.) Transcontinental- Similar to an ocean liner, a term for a very long putt. 10.) Liprosy-A frightening disease that affects millions of golfers, the symptoms are putts that keep skimming the lip of the hole but refuse to drop in. Tom Ward can be reached at www.teetimewithtom.com
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Backcourt play vital for Mavs this season by MIKE KRAVIK C O R R E S P O N D E NT firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Dallas Mavericks thrashed the Phoenix Suns 122-99, they not only closed the door on January, they hit the 1/3 milepost of what has become known as the Compressed Season. The win moved the Mavs record to 14-8, no small feat given the 1-4 start, injuries and decline they've seen with some of their best players.
Kidd has career lows in minutes (28), points (4.1), assists (5.1), rebounds (4.4) and shooting percentage (28.2%). One of Kidd's greatest strengths as a player has been his durability (started at least 80 games every year since 2005-2006) but six weeks into this season, he suffered two
West and two minutes into the game, Kidd went down with a strained calf. Rick Carlisle was left with two options at point guard- Roddy or Dominque Jones. Like a dad sending his kid to college, Carlisle threw the keys to Roddy, took a deep breath and said â€œGo.â€?
Moving forward (but not forgetting) what happened last season took a while but the Mavs seem to be in a good place. Turning the roster over, bringing in new players who had something to prove (Delonte West, Vince Carter) and then giving more responsibility to younger players (Ian Mahimni, Roddy Beaubois) has been a good hangover remedy.
The Suns without Steve Nash (injured) are staggering zombies and offer about as much defense as the Washington Generals but it was a road game for the Mavs after travel and an overtime win. All road wins in the NBA are good wins no matter the opponent and a big reason the Mavs played so well against the Suns was because of the solid performance they received from their young point guard.
The Mavericks backcourt is another matter...
Terry has shown no signs of decline and has been (along with Shawn Marion) the Mavs co-MVP to date. His performance (34 points, last second jumper tied game in regulation) against San Antonio was vintage Jet - instant offense, wanting the ball in the fourth quarter and the ability to be his best in the clutch. The same cannot be said for Jason Kidd. It wasn't easy watching Willie Mays stumbling around at the World Series in 1973 the superstar who stayed one year too many - but that's where we are with Jason Kidd.
The truly great point guards in NBA history were those who made their unselfishness contagious to their teammates. Walt Frazier did it with the Knicks. Magic did it with the Lakers. Kidd did it with every team he played on and both Steve Nash and Ricky Rubio do it today. Making that unselfishness contagious is what Roddy B did when the Mavs crushed the Suns. His own stat line was rather sedated (8 points, 7 assists) but the offense flowed and the ball rarely touched the ground. Instead of having one player go for 30+ points, the Mavs had three players (none of them named Dirk) go for 20+ points and shoot 55% from the field as a team. Carlisle had to love Roddy's game against Phoenix more than the others because of how his unselfish play translated to his teammates.
Coming into the season, my Maverick worries centered around how they would deal with The Hangover of winning the championship last summer and the age of their backcourt.
MAVS BACKCOURT DEFYING AGE, BUT FOR HOW MUCH LONGER? Jason Terry turned 34 last September which is a dicey age for guards because of how much that position taxes your legs. The position gobbles up careers because guards rely on speed and quickness to push the ball up the court, fill lanes, shoot, and play defense against other greyhounds. Rolando Blackman was done at 34. Joe Dumars made it to 35 before retiring. Isiah Thomas was cooked at 32.
he's running the point.
injuries that forced him to miss extended time. The NBA doesn't track the stat but Kidd must also lead the league in cringe worthy 3-pointers that either become air balls or threaten to dent the rim and crack the backboard. Jason Kidd has been a fantastic basketball player throughout his career and was vital to the championship last summer but Father Time now has him on the ropes and it's time for somebody to throw in the towel. Kidd's decline and injuries have been unfortunate but it may have been the catalyst that finally freed Roddy Beaubois and allowed the Mavericks to get on with their future. Last Friday against Utah, Roddy Beaubois started in place of the injured Delonte
RODDY RESPONDING FAVORABLY Maybe it was the psychological relief of playing without having to look over his shoulder but Beaubois responded with a monster game in the 116-101 win against Utah. Roddy not only filled the stat sheet (22 points 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots) but he dazzled the crowd with his electric speed and hops. In the overtime victory against the Spurs, it was more of the same and his stat sheet was once again gaudy (14 points, 7 assists, 3 blocks). Playing point guard is difficult because you're required to get your teammates into the flow of a game early (Mavs always get Brandon Haywood an early bucket so he'll rebound and play better defense) and also know when to take your own shot. Roddy's role the past two years plus has been to provide instant offense but that role has evolved and will be changing if
The Mavericks schedule in February is beastly (14 games, 10 against teams .500 or above) but they're playing well and improved play from the point guard will do nothing but help.
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A Super Bowl rematch with history on the line THE QUARTERBACKS Passing: Special to Sports Page Dallas New York Giants (9-7) vs. New England Patriots (13-3) Sunday, February 6, 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana 5:20pm, NBC, Channel 5
Eli Manning - 359-589 (13th), 4933 yards (4th), 29 touchdowns (6th) Tom Brady - 401-611(4th), 5235 yards (2nd), 39 touchdowns (4th)
Brees and Tom Brady, and Eli Manning came close, and was as good as anyone in the NFL in the fourth quarter. Brady and Manning met four years ago in the Super Bowl, with Manning connecting with David Tyree and Plaxico Burress on a game-winning touchdown drive. After two dramatic and close championship games, we can only hope for more of the same.
Line: New England -3, 55 All-time series: RS - New York 5-3; PS New York 1-0
FAMILIAR FOES There are only eight Patriots on today's active roster from that 2007 squad: QB Tom Brady, K Stephen Gostkowski, RB Kevin Faulk, OL Dan Connolly (practice squad that year), LG Logan Mankins, LT Matt Light, DT Vince Wilfork, and WR Wes Welker and C Dan Koppen and DL Mike Wright who were on injured reserve. This has been one of the most intriguing seasons at the quarterback position in recent memory, it's only fitting that we get to watch two of the very finest playing in the final game of the season....and that's the way it should be. The main story related to the quarterback position in the 2011 season is that three quarterbacks reached the 5,000 passing yard benchmark. In fact, Dan Marinoâ€™s all-time record for yards passing in a season was surpassed by 2 QB's: Drew
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For the New York Giants, it was a great performance by Manning, who set franchise marks for completions (32) and attempts (58) in a playoff game and more late game heroics ...not to mention a little good fortune as well. After punt returner Kyle Williams' first miscue, Manning converted the turnover into a touchdown. Then Williams muffed another punt in overtime which put the Giants in field-goal range which led to the ultimate game winning field goal by Lawrence Tynes (for the second time by the way). So here we are, the Patriots vs. the Giants in the Super Bowl. Again. What's interesting to point out is how these two teams got to this point. The Patriots were a team on a mission all season. They came out clicking like a well oiled machine in Week 1, and never stopped. Remember the Monday Night game against Miami and the 99-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Wes Welker....and throwing for 517 yards? New England gave up 24 points to a sub par team that night but this was a bend-don't-break defense and the template for New England's season was established right from the start. In the divisional round playoff game Tim Tebow and the Broncos were blown out of Gillette Stadium by the end of the first quarter. Followed by the Patriots holding off Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game by the skin of their rabbits foot.
For most Patriots fans, the last four years since that unpredicted loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, which ruined New England's perfect season, is a memory that has been hard to let go. The Patriots now have a chance to wash away that dreadful memory when they face the Giants again on February 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis home of Super Bowl XLVI.
However, the Giants still have many of the same personnel, like head coach Tom Coughlin, QB Eli Manning, RB Brandon Jacobs, DL Justin Tuck, K Lawrence Tynes, not to mention 11 other players. There is a very familiar feel to this game already, especially considering how the Giants got there again, winning in overtime by a field goal.
on the cusp of more history together. All the talk about the last two years of first-round playoff exits has been forgotten.
HOW THEY GOT HERE In the AFC Championship game last weekend, Brady wasn't quite Brady, and the Pats had to have some good fortune go their way to secure the win. After Ravens receiver Lee Evans couldn't hold onto a touchdown pass in the final minute and Billy Cundiff missed a field-goal attempt he normally makes, the Patriots secured their seventh Super Bowl appearance. Brady and coach Belichick are
The Giants, on the other hand, took a more streaky and winding route to the postseason. They opened the season with a loss to the a bad Redskins team. After week 9 and a victory over the Patriots, they stood at 6-2. But the team started to struggle and the questions about Tom Coughlin's job security emerged yet again as in years past after such performance. New York entered the beefy
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have revenge. Brady does have the luxury of two tight ends, which is different than the last meeting, however, many of the strengths and weaknesses are the same. New York is blessed with better depth at receiver, and Manning has a lot more experience and confidence after bring his team back to the Super Bowl when everyone thought they were done. Eli Manning would love nothing more than to wion the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, home of the other other great Manning QB, and get a second ring which makes him the number one ring holder in his
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Will there be a successful 2-point conversion? Will there be a score in the last 2 minutes of the first half? Will there be a score in the last two minutes of the seconfd half? Will there be overtime? Will either team score three unanswered points? Which half will score more points? 1st team to call a timeout?
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12 Sports Bar & Grill HDTV’s New York beat the crap out of Atlanta in the wild-card game, 24-2, and then shocked everyone by beating the Packers, in Green Bay, convincingly 37-20. Then held off the 49ers, giving Manning his fifth road playoff win, an NFL record by the way.
family.....with Payton falling behind for the first time ever. On the other hand, Brady is primed to perhaps enter that Joe Montana stratosphere, with a fourth ring putting him even with one of the top 5 greatest QB's of all time.
WELCOME TO INDIANAPOLIS Which brings us to the biggest game of the season in Indianapolis which closely resembles the 2008 Super Bowl all over. The Giants defense is healthy again, especially their pass rush and will be putting a lot of pressure on Brady. Although they will not have the “perfect season” accomplishment on their mind this go round, they will
Both defenses will be tested. Both quarterbacks are playing for history, accomplishment and pride and someone will rise above it all and make the story line completely different in the end than was predicted in the beginning.
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A roll call of memorable Super Bowl spots Special to Sportspage Weekly 1. 1973 – The first famous Super Bowl commercial was for Noxzema featuring legendary New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath. 2. 1973 – Master Lock ran the first of their long-running advertisements showing a sharpshooter shooting at and hitting a Master Lock in a failed attempt to open the lock. 3. 1977 – Xerox introduced the 9200 high speed duplicator system with Brother Dominic duplicating documents in a medieval monastery. 4. 1980 – A spot for Coca-Cola featuring Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro defensive lineman "Mean Joe" Greene, who is offered a Coca-Cola by a young fan and tosses the kid his game-worn jersey as repayment. However, it is technically not viewed as a Super Bowl ad since it actually debuted on October 1, 1979, not during the day of the game. 5. 1984 – Perhaps the most famous Super Bowl ad ever, the ad for Apple's Macintosh followed a 1984 theme. Directed by Ridley Scott, the ad featured a woman wearing
track-and-field clothing sprinting into a large auditorium and hurling a large hammer into a screen right before security guards can subdue her. On the screen was a large Big Brother-type of face speaking to a massive assembly of drone-like people. His last words were "We shall prevail," before the screen explodes and leaves the audience enraptured in gazing at the spectacle. The ad ran just one more time on television, perhaps compounding its renown. 6. 1985 – Generally considered unsuccessful, the Apple "lemmings" ad is shown featuring many PC users walking to their doom over a cliff. 7. 1990 – Ridley Scott directed an ad for the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. The ad depicts a dream sequence with the driver in a Twin Turbo 300ZX, competing against an unknown enemy. The ad was only run once due to complaints that it promoted street racing. Nissan ran another popular Super Bowl ad for the 300ZX in 1995. 8. 1993 – In perhaps his most famous ad, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird play a game of HORSE for a McDonald's Big Mac and French fries. The game is made more interesting due to the increasingly
complex set of obstacles set for both players. 9. 1995 – Nissan again ran a commercial for the 300ZX. The ad featured the car as a toy driven by a G.I. Joe picking up a Barbie-like doll. Despite being a popular advertisement, Mattel successfully sued Nissan to take the ad off TV. 10. 2000 – Year of the dot com commercials. 11. 2002 - Budweiser produced a commercial featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales (titled "Clydesdale Respect") as a tribute to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The commercial shows the horses walking across theBrooklyn bridge into New York City. They then stopped, gazed at the ruined New York skyline, and bowed in reverence and respect. 12. 2009 – Joe and Dave Herbert from Batesville, Indiana create a Doritos commercial where one employee makes a wish come true by throwing a snow globe against a vending machine glass and breaking it (which was done in one take), and another worker using the same snow globe to hit his boss in the "family jewels". The ad earned a US $1 million payday as the
number one ranked ad in the annual USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter survey from Doritos' owners, Frito-Lay as part of their annual "Crash The Super Bowl" contest. 13. 2009 – Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is involved in a spoof of the 1980 Coca-Cola ad where a kid tries to give him his Coke Zero. 14. 2010 – In an ad for Snickers candy bars, Abe Vigoda playing an old man with little energy is said to be "playing football like Betty White," with the 88-year-old actress subsequently tackled for comedic effect. 15. 2010 - A nationwide controversy surrounded Tim Tebow's decision to appear in an ad funded by the socially conservative organization Focus on the Family that was broadcast during Super Bowl XLIV on CBS. 16. 2011 - Chrysler created an ad featuring shots of the once great industrial city of Detroit, cutting to the visuals of rapper Eminem driving the Chrysler 200 about the city while his song "Lose Yourself" plays.At 2 minutes, this is the longest advertisement in Super Bowl History.
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1976- Up with People
1967 - University of Arizona & Grambling State University Marching Bands, University of Michigan Marching Band, Al Hirt, Arcadia High School Drill Team
1977 - L.A.Unified All-City Band
1968 - Grambling State University Marching Band
1979 - Ken Hamilton, Caribbean bands
1978 -Tyler Apache Belles Drill Team, and Apache Band Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
1989 -Elvis Presto, South Florida-area dancers and performers, with 3-D effects
Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover, Kiss
1990 - Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw
2000 - Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton,
1991 - New Kids on the Block, Disney characters,
1980 - Up with People, Grambling Band
1992 - Gloria Estefan with Brian Boitano & Dorothy Hamill.
1981- Southern U. Band, Helen O'Connell
1993- Michael Jackson
1982 - Up with People
1994 - Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds
1969 - Florida A&M University 1970 - Carol Channing, Southern University Marching Band 1971 - Southeast Missouri State Marching Band 1972 - Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt & USMC Drill Team 1973 -University of Michigan Marching Band & Woody Herman & Andy Williams 1974 - University of Texas Marching Band and Judy Mallett (Miss Texas 1973) on fiddle 1975 - Mercer Ellington & Grambling
2001 -Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
2003 -Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
1983 - Los Angeles Super Drill Team
2004 -Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake
1984- U. of Florida and FSU Bands
1995 - Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
2005 -Paul McCartney
1985- Tops In Blue
1996 - Diana Ross
2006 - The Rolling Stones
1986 - Up with People
1997 - The Blues Brothers ZZ Top, James Brown, Catherine Crier.
2007 - Prince
1987 - George Burns, Mickey Rooney, Grambling Band, Disney characters. 1988 - Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, and the mighty CSUN Matador Wall of Sound
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2008 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1998 - Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Grambling State University Band
2009 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
1999 - Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Stevie
2010 - The Wh.
Despite Barkley’s opinion, Mavs D excellent by Scott Rozsa STAFF WRITER email@example.com If there's one thing that Dallas Mavericks fans will forever equate TNT analyst Charles Barkley with, it is for being a perpetual Mavericks dissenter. For most of the entire decade that the Mavericks made the playoffs, he was outspoken in his brush-off of the Mavs as title contenders. Last season, he finally took the contrarious position of backing Dallas through the playoffs - in effect he was rolling the dice, if the Mavs lost, then he could simply fall back on ten years of mocking them, if the Mavs won, he would look like a Hoops Einstein. He ended up with the last laugh, and Dallas fans immediately forgot all those years of torment and cheap shots from the Chuckster. Well, it took less than a month in to this season for the 'Round Mound of Throwing Stuff Against the Wall to degenerate in to the carnival barker role that he once held so prominently in the eyes of MFFLs.
After last Thursday night's victory in Utah - never an easy place for visiting teams to play, especially on the second night of a West Coast back-to-back and the first game in which All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki was put on ice for a week - Barkley took aim at the Mavericks defense, specifically their interior players: “They're not the same team. They're soft in the middle. They remind me of the preTyson Chandler Mavericks where they just try to out-score you. They lost their two best defenders, Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson; they can't replace those guys. I know people say their stats are better, but they're not the same. They're a smaller team.” UH...HUH? Ridiculous. The best part about it is that Barkley was the third of the Shaq/Kenny/Barkley trio to offer his take on the game, and the whole time O'Neal and Smith were talking, Charles had a handful of papers that he was pouring over with the intensity of a D student in an open
book final exam, and like that incapable student, Barkley clearly had no idea what he was looking at. He clearly never look things like statistics and empirical evidence - you know, WATCHING THE GAMES - get in the way of a good point. Let's take a look at the major points of his analysis: 1.“They're soft in the middle.” Yes, losing Tyson Chandler in the off-season was a grave blow - one that most fans thought the Mavs would never be able to recover from - but the combination of Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi have been perhaps the biggest surprise in this unique season. A quick look at the numbers would suggest that this season's center combo is nearly on par with last year's (for a lot less money): -Haywood and Mahinmi are averaging a combined 13.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.5 blocks. Chandler and Haywood averaged 14.5 ppg, 14.6 rpg and 2.1 blocks. Not much difference there.
-The Mavericks are giving up 88.3 ppg this year, as opposed to 95.3 last season. Granted, scoring around the league is down roughly five points per game this year, but a difference of 7.0 ppg is noteworthy. By the way, they are ranked fourth in opponents scoring and FIRST overall in opponents field goal % (45.3% in 2012, 49.5% in 2010/11). - The current Mavericks rank second in the NBA in opponent's points in the paint, giving up just 34.3 per game, after ranking 19th in the same stat last season (41.6). 2.“They try to out-score you.” This is laughable assertion. They are 22nd in the league in scoring (91.9 ppg); they are shooting a lowly 43.2% from the field (19th); they are 23rd in 3PT% (30.4%); they are shooting just 73.9% from the line (23rd). If Barkly was talking about the “pre-Chandler Mavs” from the 1990's, he'd be on-point, but if he's talking about any of the Cuban-era Dallas squads, he's out to lunch. Bottom line, they are winning with their defense.
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Do Rangers hold or gamble on another arm SHOULD RANGERS PURSUE LEFTY OSWALT?
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The Rangers still aren't finished shopping for arms; a familiar 12 year veteran might finally become a Texas Ranger. Don't be surprised if Roy Oswalt is added into the Rangers rotation - how many times has this guy been mentioned as a possibility to join the club? The timing might finally be right for the Rangers to sign Roy Oswalt; they just need to win the tug of war with St. Louis, the only other team seriously looking at the righty. The question is: does the team need him? First, you have start with the price which is in the neighborhood of $10 million dollars. Then you look at last year, he went 910 with the Philadelphia Phillies, recording a career low 93 strikeouts but he did
struggle with a back injury. Now, he's reportedly pretty healthy and the Phillies ditch could be the Rangers treasure if he pitches the way he has in the past. We've all seen his arsenal of pitches through the years: solid fastball, changeup, curve ball, slider and a better use of the change up in last few seasons. WHO STAYS, WHO GOES? Look at the rotation the way it stands right now; Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando, Matt Harrison, and Neftali Feliz. Adding Oswalt probably means that Harrison would go to the bullpen, he wouldn't be happy but would you trade a young lefty? The Rangers, knock on wood, have been lucky the last two years having a healthy rotation to take them through these marathon seasons that ended in two trips to the World Series. Then again, Oswalt would sign a one year deal and give the Rangers some extra insurance this year as the odds are someone will break down on the pitching staff. Tough call for GM Jon Daniels who is still basking in the afterglow of signing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish and all the attention the team is getting for the move.
Daniels had to love listeninG, through a translator of course, the way Darvish wasn't shy about staking his claim when he was introduced to the media a week ago. He said his goal is be the number one pitcher in the World and to take away the questions about Japanese pitchers and players who make the transition to Majors for big bucks. Darvish is very aware of the talk about deals that didn't pay off and wants to salvage the reputation of the Japanese leagues.
two year extension before packing for Surprise, Arizona. It's tough to argue his stats in a game that is all about numbers his are pretty good, improving the wins of the club every year that he's been at the helm. He started off in 2007 with 75 wins and look at the numbers for the following seasons; 79, 87, 90 and last year a record setting 96 wins.
WASHINGTON RE-UPPED Darvish's Manager Ron Washington doesn't have to worry about contract talk throughout Spring Training as he got a
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SUPER BOWL CRYSTAL BALL I couldn't finish this column without a prediction for the Super Bowl, even though it drives my Mother crazy, I think she secretly keeps a list of my brutal predictions. It's really tough to decide between the Giants and the Patriots, New England's offense against the Giants defense. I could bore you with all kinds of analysis but in the end it's just a guess - Giants 27 - Pats 24. Sorry Mom.
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TICKET WINDOW Mark Cuban talks with BaDD Radio The Dallas Mavericks owner breaks down Lamar Odom and the strange start to this season
playing well, just like i'd be worried about any other player not playing well. When you look at the genesis of why he's not playing well, none of them are that he doesn't want to be here or that his heart is not into it. Bob: I think that's the big problem right now with a lot of people, and maybe it's generated by knuckleheads like us. We can put up with guys who aren't hitting shots, or just aren't playing well, but we can't put up with a guy who is depressed or sad or half-hearted.
BaDD Radio Weekdays, Noon-3:00 PM Bob: Are you worried that Lamar Odom's heart is elsewhere? Cuban: No. I'm worried that he's not
Cuban: Look, Lamar is a bit of a goofball, but that can come across in many different ways. That's one of the reasons Kobe said he was great in the locker room. I don't question his motivation or his desire, and trust me I know how upset he is that he's not playing well. It's not a normal regular season. If this were 45 games into the season and we'd had a normal training camp and a player didn't work hard in training camp and didn't put in the extra work, then we'd be trying to trade him. That's just
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not circumstance now. Bob: This is not just about Lamar, but about the whole thing. At what point can we start believing our eyes? Valentine's Day? March 1st? Cuban: No, the playoffs. I'll tell you
I think the teams that you see succeed in the regular season here, won't necessarily have the same success in the playoffs for that reason. Young teams can just run right by you, jump higher than you, and your defense isn't ready to adjust to that. We work really hard on defense and put out a lot of energy on defense and our offense has suffered as a result, because there hasn't been any training time. Dan: So you're just kind of telling us right here that you're not offering the best product, correct?
why, because there is no time to practice or prepare. The games are almost like pickup games. There's no preparation time at all, whereas with the playoffs if you look at last year as the series wore on we made great adjustments and our guys were smart enough to implement them, and we had the time to work on them.
Cuban: Correct. That's one of the trade offs for this year. We worked extra hard to make the arena experience better to make it a good value for everybody, and it's frustrating for me as it is for everybody else, but unfortunately I think the product is still good but not as good as it will be next year.
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With the National recognition of being featured on the Food Network's Diners,Driveins and Dives, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana in San Antonio has opened its second Paradise for Pizza in North Dallas. Triple D TV show Host,Guy Fieri, already made a special trip to their 2nd Authentic Pizzaria Napoletana while in North Dallas filming a new, to be announced, television show. Located at the Preston Forest Center, Dough combines a special soft-grain flour with their in-house filtered water, natural yeast and a special sea salt in the largest dough mixer in North Texas. This is all done in order to be in accordance with the strictest rules governing the use of the name "Authentic Pizza Napoletana." Baking for only 90 seconds, its creates their chewy crisp crust. while using only Mozzarella di Bufala and Plum Tomatoes. The pies that are baked in their $25,000
wood-burning oven imported from Italy maintains 825 degrees. With a hands-on Ownership constantly maintain quality through every step of the preparation process in the back of the house, you won't miss being amused to hear from the hands on management at the front of the house about the 8 week voyage of their oven from Italy. The perfect pie filtered water, which is 100% purified, is served in hand filled chilled bottles and poured tableside to
Bruschetta,or Caponata (Olive Spread) on Flatbreads there are featured Drink specials like an Italian Cherry Martini or Strawberry Beliini for $7. DOUGH is not only the finest Diners,Driveins and Dives Alumni that you will ever visit (and I should know because I've seen every show) BUT the most AUTHENTIC PIZZARIA NAPOLETANA in North Dallas!
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