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The sports weekly wrap-up
A look back at the week that was in the world of sports
Published 1/13/2012
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Ok, first off, bow your heads and pray to Tebow.

Amen. Ok let's start this

This blog for the Daily Evergeen is an experiment that I have wanted to conduct for awhile now.

Is it possible to actually recap an entire week of sports into a simple blog post? We'll find out soon enough. Leave comments down at the bottom for any errors, things I've missed or how you felt about the blog.

With that, I finally give to you my first installment of hopefully many weeks of sports recap. Here is my Frankenstein, my creation.

Baseball

 Last Friday, Jorge Posada announced his retirement from the game of baseball. When I think of Posada I think of my first baseball memory since surprisingly he was playing for the Yankees in 1995 alongside Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

While I detest everything the Yankees stand for, I can’t help but respect the type of player Posada was. He cemented himself into legendary status along with other Yankee greats, Thurman Munson and Yogi Berra. There is no doubt in my mind that he will make the Hall of Fame.

 Speaking of Hall of Fame, on Monday, the only candidate to be selected this year was Cincinnati great, Barry Larkin.

While he is very deserving of this award, I can’t help but be a little upset that Mariners great Edgar Martinez was once again over-looked and only received 37 percent of the mandatory 75 percent vote. Martinez made the DH position relevant in the AL.

He was the pioneer that became the blueprint that teams follow to this day. He showed everybody that a great DH should be manned by a complete hitter; someone who can get on base often, drive in runs when need to and hit to all areas of the field.

 Football

 Moving from the diamond to the gridiron, the playoffs were last week, and outside of one game, they all lived up to the hype. The Saints proved once again how scary they are in a dome, and the Tebows, eeer, I mean, the Broncos beat the Steelers in lightening fast fashion with the quickest overtime ever played in both the regular season and the playoffs.

Quick side note, after Wild Card weekend and before the divisional round, the Raiders made national news.

I’ll give you a few moments and guess why that is….

You all probably guessed right.

They fired yet another head coach. When I think of the Raiders coaching job, all I can imagine is the DMV.

There’s most likely a sign at the top of the door of the coach’s office with a number on it saying, “Now serving 25”. So the question is, who’s the lucky man now holding the ticket stub 25?

I have no doubt in my mind the Raiders will call up number 26 in the next few years, consequently, about the same amount of time it takes two people to get through the DMV.

 Looking towards the next game, the Broncos will most likely lose at the hands of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Last time they met, the Patriots ripped the Broncos a new one in Denver.

 This game is in Foxborough, which means even worse things for the Broncos. I predict a 35-13 shellacking and New England moving on to the next round. I will say though, I won't be surprised if the Broncos somehow win this one. I've doubted Tebow before, but the man has finally made a believer out of me. He wins, and you got to respect that about him.

 Here are my other predictions on the upcoming divisional series games:

New Orleans at San Francisco

Saints prove to be too much for a Niners team that has had a remarkable run with an average quarterback. Saints 31-Niners 20

 New York at Green Bay

Do I dare give the Giants more credit than they deserve? Do I dare over analyze the last time these two met with the Packers escaping with a narrow victory? Do I sign my own death sentence with trusting the Giants, possibly one of the most unpredictable teams in the NFL? Not a chance. The Giants are good, but not good enough to stop the next MVP and the rest of the impressive Packers offense. Packers 28- Giants 17

For a more comprehensive preview, please see one of our columnists break down both the Saints game and the Packers game.

 Houston at Baltimore

Home field proves to be a major factor for the tough Ravens defense. They figure out how to stop Yates and the Houston offense and Flacco does just enough to not screw up royally and leads an average offense to victory. Ravens 17-Texans 13

 College sports

 On to college, in case you missed it, WSU football coach Mike Leach officially filled every coaching position last Sunday when he hired his new defensive coordinator, Mike Breske. Breske has an extensive coaching resume. Breske has been known to be an excellent secondary coach, and a coach who likes to implement different fronts to confuse offenses.

This makes me extremely happy and I want to kiss the next available person. (preferably Olivia Wilde). Breske will be a nice change of pace and I love the idea of different fronts to confuse defenses. Why make it easy on the offense with a bland defensive package?  I can’t wait to see what Leach and Breske have in store for this Cougar defense. Dare I say, time to save up for season tickets now?

 Staying in the hilly Palouse, the young, raw-talented, confused identity WSU men’s basketball team faces an equally young, raw-talented, confused identity University of Washington this Sunday in Seattle.

The only problem with this match-up is that UW has better young talented players than WSU. In order for Bone and his Cougs to have any chance at winning this game and going to 2-3 in the Pac-12, he is going to have to figure out what to do with his team.

Last weekend he benched veteran Reggie Moore for a more youthful starting five.

Before that weekend, he had been utilizing Faisel Aiden less and less.

It appears he wants to give DaVonte Lacy as much playing time as possible, which I fully endorse. Lacy has proven he is a natural scorer who has a nose for scoring. He needs experience. But he also needs help.

Motum provides some stability in the front court, but has trouble playing defense. The Cougs “solve” this by playing a zone that leaves open three point attempts all day long, and guess what UW likes to do? Make it rain from downtown.

Our only hope, in my opinion is for a stellar performance from the Cougs starting five and UW laying brick after brick throughout the game.

Oh, and also WSU making there free throws. In the lose to Utah, WSU went 10 for 22 at the charity stripe, and lost to the Utes in overtime. So yeah, free throws are kinda important.

Now we travel from Pullman to Eugene where one week ago today, LaMichael James declared for the draft. Outside of Luck going to the draft, James leaving is the most significant. Oregon has a very capable back-up in Kenjon Barner but James was a vital part of that lightening fast, run-a-play-before-you-can-breath offense. James is a projected third round draft pick, most likely due to his small size.

It takes a special running back with his size to make an impact in the NFL, and if he is able to stay healthy he’ll be successful in the pros.

 Finally, the BCS National Title game occurred this past Monday. I only mention it since there’s a high possibility you missed the game. (third lowest rating for a national title game ever.).

To some people it may have been uneventful or boring, but to me it was utterly fascinating to see one team dominate another team so much. LSU mustered all of 98 total yards, 25 percent of their plays went for negative yards, and they only crossed mid-field ONCE.

That my friends is the definition of a stingy defense. My only wish now is to see what the explosive Oklahoma State offense would have been able to do against Alabama. My gut tells me they wouldn’t fair much better against them, but I would still like to see it.

 NBA

 Everyone knows the NBA is back playing games. Everyone knows the Heat are really really really good, and everyone knows that Shaq hasn’t been as funny on NBA on TNT as we all hoped.

But what people may not know was the appearance Charles Barkley made on Saturday Night Live last week. He was in numerous skits, and found a way to poke fun at and make funny quips towards Michael Jordan and many other people. Barkley is naturally funny and I was glad to see him do so well on SNL. Here are some clips just in case you didn't watch:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/317033/saturday-night-live-the-nba-on-tnt#s-p1-sr-i1

http://www.hulu.com/watch/317017/saturday-night-live-charles-barkley-monologue#s-p3-sr-i1

 http://www.hulu.com/watch/317011/saturday-night-live-white-people-problems#s-p3-sr-i1

 Miscellaneous

 On Tuesday Lionel Messi was awarded the FIFA player of the year award. This is the third consecutive year  that Messi has won the award and rightly so. I wouldn’t consider myself a big soccer fan, but even I know that Messi is an absolute wizard with the ball. He is able to do some things that you can’t believe.

To continue the ever growing drama between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather openly challenged and called out Pacquiao over twitter about a May 5th fight before Mayweather headed to prison in June.

“Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,"read Mayweather's first tweet.

One minute later, Mayweather followed with this:"My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk."

We shall see if Pacquiao answers the call, but if his promoter Bob Arum has any say in the matter, the fight will never happen unfortunately.

 That is the week of sports.

 I hope you all have a great time watching the NFL playoffs and praying Sportscenter stops running entire hour segments committed to talking about Tim Tebow.

Have a good weekend.


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