10 Most Overrated NBA Players

Top 10 overrated players in the NBA

 

Overrated players are not an uncommon sight. It is a sad reality that many NBA players receive huge contracts, massive endorsements, and oftentimes fail to provide any evidence that their investment is actually worthwhile. That said, we have to be careful when assigning these spots to players, as oftentimes overrated players perform poorly due to circumstances beyond their control, such as bad teams, poor coaching, or bad decision-making on behalf of teammates and managements. However, there are a good number of definitely overrated players, and our list start with Andrea Bargnani, the seven foot tall Raptor forward center.

Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors has to be one of the most overrated players around. Bargnani just is not performing, and it goes beyond poor performance to something akin to deliberate sabotage. Bargnani has a 15.2 points per game career average, averages 4.8 rebounds per game, and it gets worse. He was the number one draft pick in 2006! This alone is indicative of the level to which he has largely failed to live up to the expectations placed on him, and Bargnani is clearly an overrated player. Sadly, it seems he has just enough potential to keep the hope alive, but for the moment, Bargnani is disappointing and overrated.

Next up is Josh Smith, the power forward for the Detroit Pistons. This is another example where we cannot be sure whether or not the performance issues are the fault of Smith or his team, but it is clear that Smith has potential. He is a great dunker, has impressive speed and jumping abilities, and is fast and thinks well. Sadly, he seems incapable of making baskets. This man has been playing for nine years maintains a tragic 15.3 points per game average, something that is simply unacceptable for a man of his position and salary. He needs to calm down with dunking and flashy maneuvers and focus on basic shooting accuracy and point scoring from the field. Moreover, he needs to stop with the three point shots. His terrible accuracy is not helpful, and Smith gives us no reason to put him anywhere else on this list. Perhaps if he was traded he would do better, but there is little incentive to bring on a player who cannot make baskets and who has been playing for nearly a decade.

Dwight Howard take s the eighth spot on this. Yes, it is a bold statement. But first, let us make sure we know what we are saying. No one is arguing Howard is a bad player, nor a poorly performing one. We are talking solely about whether or not he is overrated as a function of his skills and performance. With that, the answer is clearly yes. Howard is a great player, yes, but his joke of a run with the Lakers in recent years and his marked decline in numbers cannot be denied. Howard is still an elite, top level center and a dangerous player on the field, but he has not shown the viewers or coaches that he has the sort of skills to back up his hype in recent years. While his past speaks for itself, and he has a bright future, he needs to back up his hype and egoism with practical results and tangible benefits that he brings to a team. Howard has zero championship rings. Keep that in mind when we move on to other overrated players…this list is not about listing bad players, but good players in the NBA that are overrated in terms of the actual numbers they post in comparison to their hype or reputation.

Number seven is…rather depressing. Monta Ellis, the six foot three inch guard for the Dallas Mavericks, was named the 2007 Most Improved Player of the Year. Sadly, he fails to really put up the numbers to justify his salary and his hype. At roughly 11 million a year in salary, Ellis needs to be showing the world that he can do a lot better than just 19.4 points per game. Simply put, he is not backing up his salary and hype with actual performance. Theoretically, players like him do well when transferred, but few people are willing to buy out a contract worth that much money when he has not produced the numbers necessary to justify his cost.

Number Six. Chris Bosh. Bosh is a striking figure, and a good NBA player. It is obvious that he is very, very good. His numbers show that, after all. He rocked a solid 24.0 points per game in his last season with the Raptors in his earlier years. Yet, after joining the Heat, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Bosh is good, but ever since he arrived at the Heat, he simply has not produced the numbers necessary to justify his expense. He is good, but that not good. He is not worth the money and is producing sufficient numbers overall. It seems Bosh will be reduced to just another player who failed to actualize most of his potential and suffered greatly from a transition to a team where he isn’t producing the sort of work his employers are probably wishing from him.

Number five goes to Chris Webber, the former Sacramento Kings player who just never lived up to his expectations. With the Kings, Webber was great. He posted great numbers, make good moves, and just performed very, very well. Unfortunately for him, his aggressiveness would be his downfall. Webber never knew when to stop attacking and stop driving for baskets, which is deeply saddening to see. Webber never really put in the effort needed on the defense, preferring instead to just attack, attack, and attack some more. In fact, he managed to post almost the lowest number of defensive rebounds of any player…ever. Only two other players ever did worse than him on that. Webber is a classic case of failed potential.

Number four goes to Dominique Wilkins. He was good, there is no denying that. But he never had the ability or drive to focus on the truly important aspects of his play. Any player can dunk, but not that many players can defend, rebound, and nail important aspects of personal fundamentals that separate the good players from the bad. Wilkins is a great example of a flashy player that looks good on a dunk contest, but was ultimately more flash and speculation than material. Wilkins, while a great showman, just never put up the numbers in terms of practical application to the goal of winning championships that other players did.

Number three. Vince Carter will, without a doubt, be considered one of the best dunkers of all time, but he always failed to make that transition from a good showman into a good competitor. Carter never “got” the idea of what it means to be a team player, or what it means to actually work for substance in your play rather than merely be an entertainer and look good for the cameras. Moreover, Carter always seemed like a little too whiny for our tastes. He had talent, to be sure, but complaining over the most minor of injuries when you are a star player in the NBA, playing for a multi-million dollar salary seems a little absurd. There comes a time when you have to either suck it up or quit the game, and Carter always seemed more like a quitter.

Number two. Carmelo Anthony is a great player, but he needs to stop losing. For eight years he has been the dominant player for the Nuggets, and for eight years he has been one the world’s best forwards. That’s all well and good, but until he can bring himself to win a championship with his team, he will never be live up to the reputation and hype he has now. Jordan did it with the Bulls, Anthony needs to do it with the Nuggets.

The most overrated player in the NBA is, without question, LeBron James. Yes, James is one of the best players around. When you look at the current scene of basketball talent, it’s safe to rank him as the best, second best, or at least top three players in the entire league. Yet, despite that, there seems to be a godlike aura of invincibility around the man that makes entire teams drop their rosters just to fit his extreme salary. How many championships has he won? None. The Celtics dominated, and they never had the top scorer, or flashy players like James. He needs to settle down and win a championship, then his hype will be proven.

The problem with James is that he has mind made up that he is the best (and there is a good chance he is). But he does not realize that means effectively nothing, not until he can win a championship and show he is not a one-man show. One man cannot win a championship, not unless he can bring his whole team with him. Sadly, LeBron James has failed to do that thus far.

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CC Sabathia’s possible dubious distinction

 

There’s a reason why the Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in all of North American major league sports. To be successful enough to win exactly a quarter of all of the available championship titles (27 of 108 World Series titles through 2012), you have to employ superior talent. With the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, the Bronx Bombers have been an offensive juggernaut, but while slugging is what the Yankees were built on, beginning with the Murderer’s Row teams of the 1920’s, it’s always been pitching that has put them over the top.

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From Lefty Gomez and Whitey Ford through Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, the Yankees have almost always run out a rotation able to win close games as well as slugfests.That’s what makes the fact that CC Sabathia is within striking range of leading the major leagues in earned runs allowed so strange.

The ace of the 2013 staff on paper (and in the accounting ledger) coming into the season, Sabathia (13-13, 4.90 ERA in 204 innings) has allowed 111 earned runs this season, six more than second-place Edinson Volquez who was released by the Padres before landing up I-5 with the NL West champion Dodgers.

Looking back to 1903 when the Yankees/Highlanders first took up shop in New York City, there has been just one Yankees pitcher to have the dubious distinction of allowing more earned runs than any other big leaguer. In 1976 Hall of Fame right-hander, Catfish Hunter, allowed 117 runs, five more than anyone else. Other Yankees have led the American League in earned runs allowed. Others have been tied for the big league lead, but only Hunter, and if he does it in the remaining games of the season, Sabathia, would stand at the top (or bottom, depending on your perspective).

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10 Best NFL coaches that have won Super bowl championships

While it is true that a great coach does not necessarily need to win a Super Bowl, there can be little better test of a coach’s ability to educate and instruct his players than the example of winning a championship. In order to prove how good of a coach you really are, winning a ring is necessary, or the very least incredibly important. Moreover, even if you fail at winning a ring, making it to the finals is nonetheless hugely significant and deserving of accolades. Thus, it is no surprise that the list of top ten coaches is dominated by those who have brought home a championship. The list goes as follows, in order of number one to number ten: Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, Don Shula, George Halas, Chuck Noll, Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs, Bill Parcells, and John Madden.

1. Vince Lombardi

There can be little doubt that Vince Lombardi would top the list of the 10 best coaches of that have won Super bowl championships. Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to eventually win five championships under his direction, including the first two ever championship bowls. Even more astounding, Lombardi’s team never had a single losing season—not in fifteen years of coaching.

Lombardi’s greatest success comes from his work with Green Bay Packers, though he did work with the New York Giants in the early 1950s. Despite winning the 1956 championship with the Giants, he decided to move onto the Packers in 1959, which had not had a winning seasons for over a decade. Within a single season, Lombardi led the Packers to a 7-5 season, only to win the Champion Game the next two years in a row. Only a few years later, the Packers would win three more years in a row, making Lombardi the single most successful coach in the history of the game. More victories would come in later years, and Lombardi would eventually step down and retire after the second Super Bowl resulted in yet another Packer victory. He would coach again in 1969 with the Washington Redskins, and died of cancer in 1970.

Lombardi’s legacy is simple. No other coach until him had experienced such a powerful string of victories with a team that had not performed well in well over a decade. Lombardi was able to use different and new recruiting tactics, efficient and unique training styles, and adapt his play style to match the forces arrayed against him. His incredible personal charisma, energy, and drive inspired those under him to greater heights, and he had a sense of magnetism that attracted followers and inspired confidence.

 

2. Bill Walsh

There are few pioneers of innovating strategies in football, and Bill Walsh is one of them. The man single-handedly created the classic “West Coast” style of offense that resulted in the San Francisco 49ers winning six Western titles and three Super Bowls. This incredible level of success, as well as Walsh’s unprecedented genius in designing very effective, aggressive plays that focused heavily on short passes and gains in that manner are sufficient to rank Walsh as number two on this list.

Walsh built his legacy on the ideology of Gillman, which favored a heavily offensive approach to football tactics that led to innovative plays, tactics, and overall styles that allowed the “West Coast offense” under Walsh to become not only a hallmark of effective football play, but also a decidedly impressive feat to observe. Walsh’s tactics required coordination and trust, and he fostered that in his dealings with his players. His overall record with the 49ers would end at 102-63-1, and a total of twelve professional titles.

3. Don Shula

Don Shula ranks as the third best football coach of all time. Shula set records with his Miami Dolphins team, and his impressive 33 years of coaching including time with the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. Over the course of his professional coaching career, Shula would win six championship bowls, and would be the first to win three in a row, besting Lombardi’s previous record. Shula worked with Walsh on innovating new passing tactics to make passing a more popular option in professional football. Indeed, Shula was so successful at this that he is still the all-time leader in overall victories, having won 347 games total.

Shula is most famous for his flawless season with the Miami Dolphins, who then went on to win back to back championships. Upon retiring in 1995, Shula would be brought into the Football Hall of Fame in 1997, and is considered one of the most successful coaches of all time.

4. George Halas

The Chicago Bears are a team that cannot be forgotten in the realm of professional football, and their Head Coach George Halas or “Papa Bear” succeeded in creating one of the most successful franchises in football history.

Halas is a man that built for himself a record that went unbeaten until Don Shula broke it in 1993. Halas won 324 total games in his career, a feat that went unbeaten for nearly 30 years until Shula shattered that with 347. Halas, though he never won a championship bowl, nonetheless won repeated NFL Championships, and maintains a record as one of the most successful coaches in history.

Starting with the Bears, Halas started winning championships in 1933 and did not stop for ten years, crushing competition left and right until World War II interrupted his coaching career. By the end of the war, Halas would return to coaching, and would end his career with six championship titles and a shockingly high win percentage that neared seventy percent.

5.Chuck Noll

By the time Chuck Noll took over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, the team was in complete ruins. It had never won a title, and lacked any sort of cohesion and unified spirit. When Noll left, the Steelers had four Super Bowl rings and numerous other championship titles. In the end, Noll’s legacy is simple. He came, he formed a team built through the draft and that valued a strong defensive line, and kept winning. By the time he retired in 1991, the Steelers had long since established themselves as effectively invincible on the defense.

6.Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick took control of the New England Patriots for the greatest run in football history. Basing his strategy on defense and making sure nothing could break his defense, his Patriots would go one to win three Super Bowls within four years, an achievement unheard of in professional coaching. Currently gearing for the new season, Belichick stands as a living legend for professional football coaches.

7. Tom Landry

Tom Landry found his fame coaching the Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would lead on to win two championship bowls with. For his first title, his Cowboys would crush the Miami Dolphins 24-3, whereas the second game would see a Cowboys victory of 27-10 over the Denver Broncos. Landry is famous for his development of the “flex defense system” that catapulted the Cowboys to the top tier of competitive football play, and his 29 years at the same time is another NFL record.

8. Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs  led the Washington Redskins to a three-time victory of championship bowls. The Redskins are notorious for not doing when Gibbs is not the coach, a testament to his ability as a coach and a leader of men. His three Super Bowl victories and his 154 regular season victories put him in the top tier of American football coaches. Aside from his impressive coaching record, Gibbs is famous for starting the “classic Redskin” look; that is, the uniform of the team would always consist of burgundy uniforms over white pants whenever abroad.

9. Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells comes in ninth of the list of the top ten coaches of American football. Having won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and then another with the New England Patriots, Parcells is remarkable for his high percentage of wins regardless of time or situation. His teams rarely, if ever, have a losing season, and he has a total of 172 career wins. Parcells is famous for having a coached a younger Belichick during his early coaching years.

10. John Madden

John Madden could rank higher on this list, but he has won but a single Super Bowl total in his career. Despite that, Madden has clocked in a record winning percentage of 76.3% and, in ten years of coaching the Oakland Raiders, has never failed to maintain a winning season record. In 1976, Madden won the XI Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings, and eventually retired in 1978, following a Raiders failure to make the playoffs. Despite his inglorious end, Madden remains as one of the best coaches in football history, and would go on to lead a massive successful and prosperous career in broadcasting and marketing. His famous Madden football video games are a cultural icon, and Madden’s career in football will go in history as both highly successful and incredibly rewarding. Most impressive of all is his incredible win percentage, which to this day is jaw-dropping.

 

NHL-A Brief History

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The National Hockey League, also known as the NHL, operates as a professional ice hockey league. The league has a total of 30 teams, with 23 of them from the United States and the other 7 being Canadian. The league’s headquarters are in New York. The league is known to be the premier league for ice hockey on a global scale. The Stanley Cup is the particular trophy that is given to the championship team at the conclusion of each professional hockey season.

The league was started in 1917, in Canada, but founded officially in 1909. Four teams originally made up the league. This was the result of many expansions as well as relocations. The name for the league originally was known to be Canadian given its Canadian roots, however, in 1924; there was an expansion into America.

The league has many talented individuals, who are from roughly 20 countries worldwide. It has been widely discussed that Canadians tend to encompass the crux of the players within the league, but over the last 40 years or so, there has been a significant amount of American and European players who have joined the teams within the team.

The league has what is known as a board of governors, who make the decisions. They are essentially the governing and ruling entity that controls the league. Every team within the league is considered a member, and the specific team is able to appoint a governor and two alternates to serve on the board. At present, the chairman is Jeremy Jacobs, who is also the owner of the Boston Bruins.

The board of governors of the league establishes the particular policies and is responsible for ensuring that the rules associated with the game of ice hockey are upheld. The board can also hire and fire and approves the changes associated with game schedules, players and any kind of relocation of a team that takes place.

The board also has the right to review any kind of caps associated with players and any kind of sale or purchase of a team. The board usually meets two times annually: once in June and once in December. The date of the particular meeting is decided by the league’s commissioner.

Games, Hockey Rinks, Rules and Structure

Every game that is regulated within the league is performed with 2 teams and runs about an hour long. The game consists of three periods of twenty minutes each. The intermissions are anywhere between 15 to 17 minutes. The timeouts for television are done after an elapsed time of 6 minutes, at 10 minutes and then again at 14 minutes. This happens regularly unless a power play occurs. When a power play happens, the timeout usually happens during what is known as the first stoppage. During the 2007 to 2008 season, a new rule was created that stated that if a first stoppage that happens is what is known as an icing, then a timeout for television is not to happen. This forces players not to have a break even though they cannot change. At the end of the regulation time, which at present is 60 minutes, the team who has scored the most goals becomes the victor of the game.

If there is a tie, then overtime happens. In a regular season of professional ice hockey, overtime is noted as being a total of 5 minutes, with there being four players from one team and four players from another team having a kind of sudden death play. The first team that scores a goal is crowned the winner. Until the season in 2005, if there were no scores during overtime, the game would stand at a time.

Once the 2005 season began, if a tie was present once overtime was over, then the game would go into what is known as a shootout, which is where three players on each team perform a penalty shot. Any team that scores the most during the shootout is considered the winner of the game. If a tie persists, then the shootout does not stop, but the sudden death stipulation begins again. Shootouts are not allowed to happen in playoffs. Playoffs consist of many sudden death periods. This happens until a team eventually wins. There is a theory out there that an ice hockey game could go on forever if allowed, which is why no timeouts for television exists during overtime periods in playoffs.

Every NHL game convenes in an ice hockey rink that is in the shape of rectangle. The rink edges are rounded. All hockey rinks are encompassed by Plexiglas as well as walls. The Plexiglas’ measurements are usually about 25 by 60 meters. They are considered by hockey enthusiasts to be much more narrow than the standards set forth by an organization known as International Ice Hockey Federation, which is an intercontinental body of both inline and ice hockey that is headquartered in Switzerland. There are 70 members in the federation and it supervises tournaments.

In the center of the hockey rink is a line that separates the area of the ice. This division is used to spot any violations that may happen during an ice hockey game. Two blue lines separate the rink into threes, with there being two zones noted for attacking and one neutral zone. At the ends of the rink, a goal line exists. The goal line takes the entire ice width and this is what is used to determine any kind of calls made on the ice as well as when goals are scored. During the 2005 to 2006 season, an area designated by the shape of a trapezoid was put behind the net where goals are usually scored. With this incorporation, the goaltender can hit the puck into the area or before the actual goal line. If the puck is hit behind the line and not within the area shaped like a trapezoid, a penalty happens. This rule is usually referred to as the Martin Brodeur rule.

The NHL follows the normalcy of rules that are associated with the sport of ice hockey with a few differentiations. These differentiations are dissimilar from international ice hockey games governed by International Ice Hockey Federation. When the rules are violated, this can lead to what are known as penalty calls or ceasing of play. In the 2004 to 2005 season, the league altered its rules regarding the offside.

A play is considered to be offside if an ice hockey individual player on an offensive team enters what is known as the attack zone prior to the puck entering, unless a defending player carries the puck. If the player on the offense attempts to hit the puck into the zone and the puck subsequently deflects from the defensive player prior the entering the zone, a violation is called usually. Another different rule that exists that the IIHF does not use, but the league does concerns icings.

The league has a rule where a linesman can cease play in reference to icing when a defensive player moves the puck prior to an offensive player. The IIHF’s rule contrasts that because play is ceased once the puck reaches and goes over the line of the goal. When the rules were altered in the 2004 to 2005 season, when a team is found guilty of what is referred to as icing the puck, the team cannot make a change in line or substitution in skater of any kind before a faceoff takes place.

There is also a penalty variation between the league and the IIHF. Where the IIHG has both minor penalties as well as doubles ones, the league has more serious infractions known as major penalties. This includes fighting. When a major penalty is called, it takes place for a period of 5 minutes. The rule associated with IIHF calls for players to be removed from the game. When a team has been penalized, a player that is removed or penalized cannot be replaced. The team is considered shorthanded for the total time of the penalty.

The structure of NHL seasons is separated into exhibition, regular season and postseason. In the exhibition season, members of the league can play each other and they can also play against European teams as well. In what is deemed to be the regular season, teams can play each other but it is by a set schedule. In the playoffs, which are where the Stanley Cup is given, two teams usually play against each other and compete in a best of seven formats, with the remaining final team receiving the trophy associated with the tournament.

The standings of the regular season are tallied through the usage of a point system rather than percentages. Points are given for every game played: one for overtime losing or shootout that happens and two for a win. No points are given for a regulation loss. Once the conclusion of the regular season is reached, a team that has the most points within the various divisions is considered that victor of that division and is given what is known as the President’s Trophy.

 

Jeter Likely to Return After All-Star Break

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The New York Yankees received more bad news this past week, as it was announced that future Hall of Fame SS Derek Jeter will not be back in the lineup until after the All-Star Game. Jeter originally broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series against the Baltimore Orioles, and most expected him to be ready for the start of the season. However, a recent exam showed a second small break in his ankle, which effectively puts his rehab on hold for the foreseeable future. Jeter will now have to wear a boot for several weeks as this new fracture heals.

To read the full story by ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews, follow this link.

MLB All-Stars Struggling Out of the Gates

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Just like that, most major league teams are 20 games into their seasons, and a number of unexpected players have gotten off to hot starts. On the flip side to that, however, several players that fans with MLB All-Star Game tickets will be seeing in New York this summer have not been performing well to open the 2013 season. There is no more obvious example of a star struggling than Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP signed a huge $125 million deal with the Angels in the offseason, raising expectations for both he and the Angels’ offense to stratospheric heights. While a four hit game in Monday’s loss to the Rangers did raise his average, he is still striking out far too often, limiting his ability to get pitches he can send over the outfield wall. Continue reading

Bucs Trade for Revis, Eye Super Bowl

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Grantland’s Bill Barnwell takes an interesting look at the trade of superstar CB Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who subsequently signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract. On the Tampa side of the equation, the trade immediately makes the Bucs a Super Bowl contender in 2013. While the trade for Revis, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season, is risky, it is also the kind of move that can change the trajectory of a franchise. The Bucs now field a roster as talented as any in the NFL, and should be able to immediately challenge the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. The Jets had almost no leverage in their standoff with Revis, and were forced to trade their best player before he could leave in free agency next offseason. New York, which gained a 2013 first round pick and a 2014 third rounder, must now rebuild their secondary without the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.

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FSU Taps Winston to Lead BCS Charge

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Just found this article by ESPN college football writer Andrea Adelson about the decision of Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett to transfer after highly touted redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston dominated in FSU’s spring game. The Seminoles, despite numerous losses on the defensive side of the ball, look like early BCS contenders in 2013, and Winston appears ready to lead the offense in just his second season on campus. While Trickett has the decided edge on Winston in experience, he does not have nearly the physical talent that Winston possesses, so he decided to look for a starting job elsewhere.

To read the rest of Adelson’s article about Winston and FSU’s chances this year, click here.

Extremely Early Look at East Regional Contenders for 2014

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The 2013 NCAA Tournament has come and gone, with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals cutting down the nets in the Georgia Dome. East Regional tickets favorite Indiana wasn’t able to make it out of the Sweet Sixteen, falling to the Syracuse Orange. While next year’s March Madness is nearly a year away, it’s never too early to take a look ahead at some of the teams that could be in contention for the top seed in the East in 2014. It’s going to be hard for the Hoosiers to earn that No. 1 seed again next year, as Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have both decided to enter the NBA Draft. However, Tom Crean has done a great job rebuilding the Indiana basketball program, so they should not be completely dismissed. Syracuse fell just short of the championship game this season, but should be right back in contention next year, despite the move to the new-look ACC. With leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Fair heading the charge, Jim Boeheim and the Orange should be just fine in their new conference. Continue reading

2014 Winter Classic Details Revealed

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CBS Sports’ writer Chris Peters reports that details for the 2014 NHL Winter Classic have been released, and as expected, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. The two franchises were supposed to meet in 2013, but the league lockout forced their meeting back one year. The game should set several NHL attendance records, as “the Big House” holds well over 100,000 spectators. The league also revealed the jerseys that each team will wear, and both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will be sporting fantastic looking sweaters for their New Year’s Day matchup. Coinciding with the Winter Classic will be the Hockeytown Winter Festival in downtown Detroit, which will feature various hockey games at Comerica Park.

To get the full scoop, read the rest of Peters’ article.