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Not Our Rival…

Once again Wolfpack nation, the time is upon us where all we will be hearing from the Tar-holes up the road is that NC State is “Not Our Rival.”  Fantastic! Now that we got out the way, we can talk about the upcoming game against those pompous arrogant sons of ……. So yeh game on tomorrow.  Both teams are sitting in that 4th and 5th spot (UVA has tie breaker if records are even) in the ACC, so this game has big implications (and I don’t mean it in a rivalry sense, because, we are not your rivals).  In the past few weeks it seems like Roy Williams has realized his best player is PJ Hairston (only something every other person in America knew from the beginning of the season), and since inserting him the starting lineup UNC has played decent basketball (only decent because they still suck).  And in the last week Coach Gott has inserted TJ Warren in the starting lineup and was rewarded with a 31 point, 13 rebound performance (I told you son, rebound the ball and hit your free throws and look at what it does to your stat line).  So what we’ve learned is that both coaches have started learning how to actually set proper lineups. Everyone knows that the game tomorrow is important psychologically for both teams as well as in the ACC standings (and NCAA resume), so once again I’ll break down the keys to NC State success so that we may avoid the proverbial “NC State Shit” (you know like a missed free throw that’s tipped in at the end of the game to force overtime).

Coach Gott – Play your 7 and only your 7.  The 7 I refer to does not include the Australian guy that can’t get a rebound.  Apparently that is uncoachable.  Preach defense and rebounding, and ball movement, this one pass one shot crap is gonna kill us.

CJ Leslie – Calvin, get your shit together son.  You can’t be mentally checked in 50% of the time.  You turn the ball over too much on plays that you force.  Let the game come to you.  And for the love of God STOP JUMPING AT EVERY PUMP FAKE!! You end up picking up stupid fouls and NOT blocking the shot.  Also, the 1 to 2 goaltends you get a night need to stop, if it goes in it goes in.  I know you wanna be on SportsCenter but I’d rather us win games son.

Lorenzo Brown – I’m glad your back.  Turn the ball over less.  I’m loving the distributing and the attacking the rim, but turn the ball over less.  Keep the defensive intensity up.  Make people remember why you are one of the top Point Guards in the country.

Richard Howell – Stay aggressive.  Avoid the half court fouls.  And once again rebound with TWO HANDS.  Secure the ball please.  Keep working on the jump shot because when it’s on you are un guardable sir.

Scott Wood – Be ready to release the ball WHEREVER you catch it, I don’t care if it’s half court.  Defensively keep the guy in front of you. You’ve gotten lucky a few times blocking shots from behind, but with better players that’s gonna be a dunk and you ain’t blocking that.  Keep moving on offense, just keep moving, make your defenders keep running into screens, they’ll continue tiring out.  But shoot the ball more (and make it more too please).

TJ Warren – Be aggressive man.  Stay rebounding, keep moving without the ball, defend with arms extended, hit free throws.  You did great against FSU, we need that intensity against everybody.  And don’t think I didn’t notice that change in the quickness of release on your 3 pointer, I see you tryna look like KD!

Rodney Purvis – Look man, you are athletic, we know that.  But you miss too many layups and you miss way too many free throws.  What does that equal? Points left off the scoreboard.  Like many other State fans, we hate seeing a 3 on 1 fast break with you dribbling because we know you will NEVER pass it.  How bout passing the ball some to the open people on breaks and calm down a bit to finish your shot.  It doesn’t help if you get fouled if you don’t make the free throws.  Stay in the gym and work on it.  Seriously, go to the gym now and shoot free throws.  You have the chance to be our best on the ball defender, focus on that, your minutes will come. Keep hustling man, the points are waiting for you.

Tyler Lewis – Son I apologize to you, I didn’t think you were ready to play at this level this year, but you have proven me wrong.  Why? Because you’ve realized what you can and can’t do.  So keep that up.  Pass the ball, and move.  Dribble like it’s your job.  The White Shadow strikes again.

I think we beat the d-bags from Chapel Hill, but it’s not gonna be as easy (30 minutes of easy) as it was in Raleigh.  Defend as a team, rebound, and take good shots.  If it’s a shot you can get at any time in the shot clock then it’s not a good shot.  Take the better one.

Go to Hell Carolina! Go State!

For old times sake…Never forget!

ALL RED EVERYTHING!

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N.C. State Shit…

First off, I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, I’ve been busy getting old and shit.  Second, I know the Super Bowl is coming up, and I’ll hit on that in the next week or so.   So for all you sports lovers, I’ll be giving my end all be all opinion that is actual fact because what I say is actually the only thing that really matters.  But I digress. Today I write about something that I’ve mentioned before.  Something that has plagued my sports fan life.  My love for my University and therefor my undying love for it’s basketball team.  If you aren’t from North Carolina, you probably have no idea what the hell I’m talking about.  So let me learn you something right fast.  Sit back read on, and as my man Kevin Hart said “you goin’ learn today!”

N.C. State Shit – An inevitable chain of events in sports where a blatant bad call or bizarre unlucky play causes a total collapse of confidence, resulting in multiple, unforced, and devastating errors.

That was taken from Urban Dictionary.  It is 100% accurate.  Every school may claim moments like this happen, but if you aren’t an NC State fan, then you have no clue the extent of this damn beast.  I’ve been pulling for NC State from before I could walk (and no this isn’t a wheel chair  “Roll Pack” reference), so I’m an expert on this shit.  Once in our lives we had a non-NC State Shit moment, the 1983 NCAA Championship, since then (some would say since the University unfairly blamed Jimmy V for all that went wrong here is the true start, but because he coached the Georgetown Chris Corchiani foul/travel game, I say it started after the ’83 championship game), our program has been marred by unfortunate events.  Some of the fan base blame the refs, some blame the ACC, some blame the players, the coaches, the Athletic Directors that oversee the program, the fans, the students who don’t support the team, and some blame the media bias towards the assholes in Chapel Hill and Durham (of all the things I said there, the only thing that is 100% true and cannot be denied is that those “people” in Chapel Hill and Durham are indeed assholes).

So that’s all been said.  So why now? Why am I writing this 30 years after the fact?  Well, out of frustration for starters.  And because I am hoping that somebody involved in the program actually reads this and realizes how easy it is to avoid these things.  For the most part of the 30 years I’ve referenced, my team has indeed been one of inferior talent, poor coaching, poor leadership and losing games wasn’t necessarily acceptable but dammit it was understandable.  We’d have our occasional big wins, but the next game, BOOM, NC State Shit.  I got it.  It made sense.  Our team wasn’t better than yours, and when we did beat you it was because 9 times out of 10 you would beat us, but HA, it was time number 10 and it was our turn.  This year, that’s not the case.  With the exception of Miami, Florida State, and Duke in the ACC, we are SUPERIOR, that’s right, SUPERIOR to all the other teams in the conference.  We are probably even SUPERIOR top to bottom to Duke and Florida State as well, and what has me ranking us under Miami is that their team is deeper than ours.  So with that being said, why the hell are we losing to teams like Maryland and Wake Forest and playing close games against Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Clemson?  Well the simple answer is NC State Shit.  The complicated and more accurate one is what I’m about to explain to all of you.  I may not be a sports writer, but dammit if I don’t understand sports, writing, and basketball.  My breakdown of the 2012-2013 NC State Men’s Basketball team:

Coaching:

Mark Gottfried – Let’s start at the top, the man has proven he is a great recruiter.  Coaching wise, it looks like he’s just telling the guys “here is a ball, just go score it, and as far as defense, just run past that line at half court and watch the other team shoot.”  I love that you’ve got the hype around our program up, I love the exposure. But dammit man, this team is far too talented to not know how to play defense.  People may blame the players, but I blame coaching right now.  Teach them to defend.  If they don’t do it, pull them out of the game, at least then we have a reason for losing to teams like Maryland and Wake Forest.  Make them be accountable.  You sound great on camera and on interviews but man, make these kids (yes they are all still kids) learn the fundamentals of the game.  Maybe hold a practice where they aren’t allowed to shoot the ball once and focus only on defense.  We start one of the TALLEST starting 5’s in the country, yet our rebounding and defensive efficiency are horrible.  Bro, that means what you’ve taught them defensively isn’t working, fix that shit now so we don’t come at you with pitchforks and fire at the end of the season.  COACH the team.

Players:

CJ Leslie – Pre-season ACC player of the year.  In-season Invisible man of the year.  You are too talented to disappear in games against shitty teams.  Box your man out.  Don’t jump on every pump fake.  Focus.  Grab the ball with 2 hands.  Put a hand in someones face. Play defense.  Don’t settle for stupid jump shots when you can post a man up.  Use the fact that you are a freak athletically. If you want to make the NBA, you can’t take games off (at least in college, when you get to the NBA do that all you want).  You didn’t leave early last year because you weren’t going to be a 1st round pick.  You know it, I know it, everyone knows it.  Don’t kid yourself.  Play dominant all the time and you will play in the league and get paid, until then keep calm and play with passion ALL the time.  I don’t need the good CJ half the time, we need the GREAT CJ ALL the time.  Oh and stay after practice and shoot free throws, you’re leaving 4 to 5 points a game on the floor.

Lorenzo Brown – One of the best point guards in the country.  Early in the season it looked like he let the NBA cloud  his judgment.  You have the talent, there is no doubt, but use your brain.  You can’t dribble into a double or triple team and try to go behind your back, that’s just stupid.  This isn’t the And 1 mix tape.  Don’t force things, extend your arm on defense, fight through picks, rotate when you get beat to help the man who helped you.  LEAD, not sometimes, but ALL the time.  When the other team goes on a run, grab our guys and tell them “Hey, that team sucks, we are better than them, now, let’s show that.” Also, work on your 3 point shot, your percentage won’t cut it in the NBA.

Richard Howell – If you were 2 inches taller, you would be a lottery pick.  You hustle, you rebound, you scowl at the refs.  You’ve cut down on stupid reach in fouls.  My main gripe with you good sir is that for EVERY rebound you go up with one hand.  Sure it looks pretty, but 2 to 3 times a game, you lose a rebound because you didn’t use both hands.  I know you’re undersized, but the ones that you lose are when people aren’t around you.  Two hands my man, two hands.

Scott Wood – Great shooter….I think that’s all I can say.  If you aren’t hitting, find another way to get in the game, box out, grab the ball then try to pass it, not the other way around. Defend with your body, all of your body, keep a hand in the defenders face. Extend your arms, call out picks, rotate on defense.  Actually run to the player in the corner shooting, don’t just watch them.

Rodney Purvis – 3 on 1 fast break, pass the ball bro. You don’t have to always take it up yourself.  Don’t settle for 3 pointers that you look like you don’t want to take, drive to the hoop, make cuts.  Defensively, keep tight on your player, you get easy points so that you don’t have to pass the ball that way.  REBOUND.  Extend your arms both at the player and up in the air, this makes you BIGGER.  And for the love of God, get in the gym and shoot 1,000 free throws a game, there is no way a top guard should EVER, I repeat EVER, be less than 70% from the free throw line (you’re currently under 60%).  You like scoring, you like points, you’d get 2 to 4 more a game just making the free throws.  Care enough to make them.

TJ Warren – Let me just say that I know for a fact this guy works harder than anybody on the team.  Why? Because he is in the gym ALL THE TIME.  Good for you. Now let’s continue. Great scorer.  He doesn’t have a single play called for him but scores tons of points, because he’s in the right place at the right time.  That’s on offense.  On defense it’s a whole different story.  Sometimes you defend like your hands are in your pockets.  Again, extend your arms on defense, fight through picks, REBOUND.  Your basketball IQ alone should have you averaging 14 ppg and 7 rebounds without a single play being called for you. But you can score all you want, if your man is getting points or you’re late on rotations, it negates all that you did on offense.  Defend better, get more minutes, score more points.

Tyler Lewis – Burger boy All American.  You probably knew you wouldn’t get tons of playing time this year, but when you do, you need to make the minutes count.  You’d prob get more of ’em if you did.  Defend, yeh, you’re smaller than all of them, but (broken record for this team) extend your arms, fight through picks, use your base to hold off a posting defender, run out to the ball on rotations and open shooters.  On offense you’re supposed to be this wonder kid with the ball, but sometimes you make passes that make me wonder what the hell is going on.  If you have to think about passing the ball to someone, it’s already too late, move along to the next option.  To be a great point guard, you have to know when and when not to make a pass (this holds true for Zo as well).  Work on your jump shot, it’s too flat outside of 10 feet.

Jordan Vandenberg – You’re like 8 feet tall, yet you can’t get rebounds.  This doesn’t make a damn bit of sense to me.  Get your damn hands up son!  Don’t even bring them down, EVER, just keep them up.  If you just kept your hands up and stood in front of anybody, they would have to take a difficult shot.  Just keep your hands up.

I’m not gonna list anybody else on the team, because nobody else really gets minutes.  Go back and read the critiques of the players here, it’s all about defense.  Until we learn how to defend on a 3rd grade play ground level (I’m not even asking us to be as elite as we should be), we will continue to lose games to inferior opponents.  It’s as simple as caring.  Do the players care enough to want to win? Do they care enough to want to play in the NBA? If they did, they’d realize the better they are collectively, the more recognition they will get, the better chance your strengths and not weaknesses get highlighted.

This team is good enough to not care, win enough games, make the tournament, make the Sweet 16 and get bounced again like last year.  Or they are good enough to care, show they care, win the ACC, maybe make a Final Four, and all be NBA players at some point.  I mean I care, but there isn’t much I can do outside of ranting on the internet.  I’ll always be a NC State fan, but if I’m getting superior teams that under perform, I don’t think I can handle this as a fan.  I’d rather watch a team of scrubs hustle and lose games than a team of studs lose because they don’t care. So do Wolfpack Nation a favor, start caring, even if it’s just 40 minutes a game, that’s all we want.  Care for 40 minutes every game, for the rest of the season, then when the season is done you can not care all you want.  Just care for us.  Shit care for yourselves.

Ultimate NC State Shit, 3 quarter court shot to lose a game…I had tickets to this game and luckily did not go a few years ago, I am 100% positive I would have spontaneously combusted watching this shit…

With all that being said, please beat the shit out of Carolina.

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Fantasy Recap Week 7…

Yep, I’m lazy and posting this on the Thursday before week 8 games start again…that’s just how I roll, live with it and love it.  At this point, you know what you need to make a solid run and are either feverishly picking apart the waiver wire or are trying to make some trades.  It’s a tough time for lots of the people in the league as some bogus shit will probably start happening now.  Crazy trades that would have never happened in week 1 are now being offered and acceppted, with you being left wondering, “hey is this legit, or are they just trying to let that other guy win it.”  It’s a thin line between legit and tanking trades, but do what ya gotta do I guess.  So enough of that, let’s get to who did us right and who did us oh so wrong last week.

Stars of the Week

QB – Drew Brees – 377 yards and 4 TDs.  Are the Saints back? Nope, they are just starting to play bad teams.  They won’t keep winning, but Brees will keep putting up numbers.

RB – Chris Johnson – 195 yards, 2 TDs.  He’s back!! NOPE..he played Buffalo…he still sucks

RB – Adrian Peterson – 153 yards, TD.  All Day. AP. Whatever you wanna call him, my man is nice.

WR – Vincent Jackson – 7 catches, 216 yards, 1 TD.  Oh and one drag down inside the 5.  You not scoring that TD probably cost some owners in fantasy like it cost your real life team a victory.

WR – Randall Cobb – 8 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs.  Greg who??  So long as Jennings is out this dude is a top WR.

RB/WR – Victor Cruz – 7 catches 131 yards, TD.  Remove that 77 yard TD catch at the end and his day was meh, but my Skins unfortunately can’t remove that play. Ugh I hate the Giants.

TE – Rob Gronkowski – 6 catches, 78 yards, 2 TDs.  They still somehow had a close game against the JETS…keep throwin the ball Tommy boy.

K – Nick Folk – Almost won the game for the Jets, before the Jets realized they were the Jets…

DEF – Houston Texans – Made the Ravens look horrible forevermore (see what I did there?!). 4 sacks, a safety, 2 interceptions and a Touchdown.  Solid.

Assholes of the Week (Assholes because I done said it yo)

QB – Christian Ponder – 58 yards, TD, 2 INTs…man all you need to do is just throw it to Percy or hand it off to AP.  Stop being so stupid.

RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis – If this was a real “lawfirm” it’d be shut down for lack of production.  69 yards.  That’s it. I actually blame this one on coaches.

RB – Stevan Ridley – Bro, the Jets, how do you have a bad against them?? 65 yards, at least catch a pass or something!!

WR – AJ Green – One catch 8 yards and a TD.  Bengals coaches, if his one catch was a TD, don’t you think you should throw to him more? Thank you..ugh.

WR – Calvin Johnson – 3 catches, 34 yards.  Mega horrible.  Lots of drops too.

RB/WR – Larry Fitzgerald – 4 Catches, 29 yards.  Horrible day for star WR.  But his excuse is his QB sucks.

TE – Vernon Davis –                    (the empty space preceding this represents his presence and stat line of last week).

K – Jason Hanson – 1 extra point.  Thank you though! Because that’s all you got this week, I was able to beat the guy who had you!

DEF – New Orleans – EVERYBODY puts up yards against them.  Over 500 yards and Freeman went bizzerk on em.

Free Agent Pick Up of the Week

Chris Cooley.  Ehh, not big on it, but you could do worse at tight end at this point.

…unless my team sucks, then “I wasn’t really paying attention to fantasy football this year.”

 

 

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Fantasy Recap Week 1

I’m sure everybody is on cloud 9 (what does that even mean?) after this first weekend of the NFL.  If you are one of the millions who play fantasy football then you either had an awesome first weekend or are really pissed because of an injury or a horrible performance that cost you in your first game of the season.  There is a ton to talk about regarding this past weekend, but I’m gonna keep it all fantasy football related.  I’m a try to do a Tuesday blog every week that highlights the best and worst performers of the past week (all of this is based on a PPR scoring setting).  I may even give a sleeper here and there too (who knows, I might just be nice).  And here we go.

Stars of the Week

QB – Matt Ryan – Matty Ice looked like a young Peyton Manning slinging the ball around in a fast paced pass friendly offense.  4 total TD’s and 299 passing yards.  Yes please.

RB – CJ Spiller – Way to take advantage of an injury.  169 on the ground with touchdown.  If you started him, congrats. (Probably won’t happen again tho)

RB – Stevan Ridley – 125 on the ground and a touchdown.  The Pats have a running game? Wow.  Not gonna lie, I had him on the bench.

WR – Kevin Ogletree – Big game against a depleted secondary.  Everybody will be trying to pick him up this week.  He will probably do nothing for the rest of the season.  Oh and the Cowboys suck.

WR – Julio Jones – Someone had to be catchin’ Matt Ryan’s balls (that didn’t sound right).  Julio did work with 2 TD’s/

WR/RB – Darren McFadden – 13 receptions!!! You had to have been happy despite the horrible rushing stats if you owned him.  Solid outing for him at least.

TE – Jimmy Graham – He’s tall. He’s good. He’s a jackass who almost beat my ‘Skins.  If you drafted him early, you were happy with your results.

K – Nate Kaeding – 5 FG…that’s a pretty solid day for a kicker

DEF – Ravens – Shut down the Bengals in the 2nd half.  Ed Reed’s INT return for  TD sealed the deal.

Assholes of the Week

QB – Mike Vick – 4 interceptions? Really bro…against the Browns?  He looked like he was playing Madden 13 and was just throwing it up all day.

RB – Michael Turner – You sir, are a gigantic asshole for that horrible performance.  That is all.  If people won with you on their team, it’s because they are awesome (ahem ahem).

RB – Fred Jackson – I know he got hurt, but fantasy owners don’t care and neither do I.  You cost a lot of people a win this week champ.

WR – Wes Welker – I hate you so much for how shitty you were this week.  Hey Brady, throw him the damn ball, you Ugg wearing douchebag.

WR – Marques Colston – Even if you were still listed as a TE (biggest fantasy glitch ever!) this performance would have sucked.  You cost your real life team and your fantasy teams a win.  Enjoy that.

WR/RB – Dwayne Bowe – Hey guy, thanks for showing up in a game that all you guys did was really throw the ball. Oh that’s right you didn’t.

TE – Antonio Gates – Come on bro, you’ve gotta make that TD grab.  You def disappointed in your first game being “100% healthy” in years.

K – Mason Crosby – Thanks for kicking 2 extra points…I’d rather have another running back than a kicker who gets me 2 points. Dick.

DEF – Bills – You spend all that money in the offseason on defense and give up 48 points to the Jets….the freaking JETS???  They didn’t score  TD in the preseason.  And no, Mark Sanchez is not good. And “Baby Jesus” (Tim Tebow) is not the answer.
Pretty solid selections I know.  I’m awesome like that.  And since I’m awesome, I’m gonna help you fools out.

Free Agent Pick Up of the Week

Dexter McCluster – Why you ask? He’s like the 4th string RB on his team.  Yes, yes he is. But he’s also the starting slot receiver.  In a 10 or 12 team league, he is a solid 10 – 15 point producer a week.  Not to start at WR, but at RB.  That’s right, he’s this years fantasy glitch.  Great player to have as a bye week replacement for your starting running backs.  At least you’d be putting some form of a starter on the field.  I went all in on McCluster this year.  I don’t plan on being disappointed.

Because a Wizard playing football is awesome. Oh and just because it’s a fantasy doesn’t mean it’s not real….huh? What? Right…

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Fantasy Football

Tonight I have a Fantasy Football draft with the biggest bunch of assholes a person could be friends with (my sisters are in this draft and basically included in that description).   The league is comprised of a bunch of degenerates who are not to be trusted and who in all actuality never grew up (I’m included here).  So if I hate all of them so much, why do I continue to participate? Well because it gives me a good place to use all my hatred instead of going on a murdering spree (better for the environment I say!).  If you aren’t doing Fantasy Football with a bunch of “friends” I suggest trying it, it’s a good way to find other reasons to make fun of people through out the year, and in the end isn’t that what friendship is really about.  My job in any Fantasy League (aside from winning of course) is to be the trash talker.  Every league needs that, and that’s what I provide.  Aside from this, today I will give you my 10 sure fire  ways to win your league.  I hope you are ready!

Follow these rules and win your league this year!

  1. Draft a Defense in the first round – Nobody will see it coming and you will get to pick which team you prefer the most.  Defense wins championships! Start your team out strong!
  2. Draft a number 2 receiver in the 2nd round – Pray the number 1 gets hurt and boom laugh all the way to a championship
  3. Kicker, kicker, kicker – you have to have a good kicker to win, game is on the line you need him to hit the winning kick.  Draft a good one early!
  4. Running back – try to find the guy who is best available based off of the new Madden 13 ratings.  Trust me this always works.
  5. Defense again – again guys defense wins championships. The other teams won’t know what to do when you’ve already got TWO top defenses.
  6. Tight end – draft someone who is really big and fast or someone with an ethnic last name, they always do good
  7. Quarterback – This is where you win it.  Draft a rookie quarterback.  Just like they do in the pro’s! When he’s good in a few years you can say you saw it first!
  8. Get as many offensive lineman as your league allows – you can’t win without protection.  You also can’t conceive with protection…or can you?
  9. Running back – Simulate through midseason on Madden 13, then take the highest rated running back still left based off of Madden stats
  10. Injuries – Pick up injured star players early, when they come back they will be motivated!

Madden 13 came out today, Megatron is on the cover, pick him as high as you can, we all know that means he’s gonna have an amazing season. There is no such thing as a Madden Curse!

When you win this year, I expect ALL the credit!

 

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