The Most Overused Phrase in Online Sports Talk

I’ve been fairly busy lately so I haven’t had time to post much here. However today I was browsing through a few sports forums around the net and one thing really stuck out. Why the hell does everyone still use some variation of the phrase “stay classy“?

Will Ferrel just may be the most influential man in online sports lingo

Will Ferrell just may be the most influential man in online sports lingo

I understood people using it 5 years ago when Anchorman 1st came out but why won’t it die? You are guaranteed to see it multiple times if you ever happen to brows the in game conversations on espn.com or pretty much any other sports forum. C’mon online sports community, use some originality and stop using this phrase as your number 1 way to insult fans you view as disrespectful.

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Hank Aaron Wants Asterisks

Hank Aaron reportedly says PED users should be allowed in the Hall of Fame. However there should be an asterisk on their plaque. All I’ve got to say is:

Shut Up Hank!

Under your system that would mean that your HOF plaque would also get an asterisk by it. I know Hammerin Hank is getting old but I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten that he took amphetamines. Hank wouldn’t be alone. Several other HOFers also took the greenies. Say what you want about the difference between amphetamines and Roids but the last time I checked they both are classified as a PED.

All Star Game: Stan Musial Deserved More

Musial is one of the top5 hitters of all time but once again he was overlooked

Musial is one of the top5 hitters of all time but once again he was overlooked

The AL won once again. I really don’t care about that. However I, like many other Cardinal fans, am very upset that Stan Musial did not get honored more. We all expected it to be like what Ted Williams got in Boston a few years back. I assume that MLB called the shots and not the Cardinals. This was a chance to put the most under-appreciated player in the history of the game into the spotlight. It’s an absolute disgrace how the East Coast Media has skipped over this guy. They should have paraded the man around the stadium on the Clydesdales for a good 5 minutes. That way every baseball fan young or old that is not familiar with the amazing career of Musial would have to ask who is this guy? Fox could have ran his accomplishments across the screen and provided audio clips of historic Musial at bats and player commentary in the background. All I can say is I’m very disappointed.

Maybe the Man being as modest as he is didn’t want the Williams treatment. If that’s the case then I completely understand and retract my statement of disapproval. Ted Williams was as arrogant as they came Stan was a down to earth superstar. His personality is part of the reason the East Coast press never gave him his due.

Granted, he’s an elderly man with some health issues. So if that was all he could handle then once again I’ll have to retract my statement of disapproval.

I can’t even describe how disappointed I am. He was honred but it just wasn’t what everyone expected. In St. Louis, Barack Obama got more publicity than Stan The Man the All-Star Game? Give Me a Break!  That’s an absolute joke! I just hope to god it was not the Cardinals choice for the weak display. I can’t help but wonder if the Obama administration pushed Stan aside to keep the focus on their public photo op.

Update 7/15: Bernie Miklasz had a great article in today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch about the Dud Musial Celebration.

USA takes Bronze at World University Games

USA basketball bounced back from yesterday’s upset to beat Israel 91-80 in the Bronze Medal Match.

Team USA was led by Lazar Hayward who finished with 14points and 9 rebounds. Da’Sean Butler and Taylor Battle finished with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Elishay Kadir lead the Israelis with 28points and 9rebounds. full boxscore

Serbia Blasts Russia for Gold

Host team Serbia dominated this one from the start beating Russia 73-51. 5’11” Nemanja Protic led Serbia going 7-13 from the field to finish with 19points.

Yesterday’s hero for the Russia’s Nikita Shabalkin grabbed 6 boards and was held to just 11points by the stingy Serbian Defense. Alexy Kotishevskiy led the Russian’s in scoring with just 13 points. full boxscore

Vegas Summer Pro League: Day 1

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Game 1: Houston Rockets73 Golden State Warriors 69 boxscore

Top Performers

James White: G/F, Rockets: 14pts, 5reb

Joey Dorsey: F/C, Rockets: 8pts, 12 reb, 2blk

Anthony Randolph: F, Warriors: 20pts, 10reb, 9fouls

Stephen Curry: G, Warriors: 16pts, 3ast, 2stl, 4TO, 7fouls, 4-14FG, 3-83pt

Notables

Chase Budinger: G, Rockets: 11pts, 5 rebounds

Acie Law: G, Warriors: 8pts, 4ast, 4TO

Game 2: Detroit Pistons 86 Sacramento Kings 77 boxscore

Top Performers

DaJuan Summers: F, Pistons: 24pts, 7reb, 2stl, 9-15FG

Michael Bramos: F, Pistons: 13pts, 5-6FG

Jason Thompson: C, Kings: 15pts, 3reb

Tyreke Evans: G, Kings: 15pts, 2ast, 4TO, 7-10FT

Notables

Donte Greene: G, Kings: 11pts, 7 rebounds

Game 3: LA Lakers 85 Toronto Raptors 84 boxscore

Top Performers

Adam  Morrison: F, Lakers: 24pts, 5reb, 2blk, 9-17FG

Ben McCauley: F, Lakers: 24pts, 15reb, 12-19FG

Patrick O’Bryant: C, Raptors: 15pts, 5reb, 7-9FG

Roko Ukic: G, Raptors: 16pts, 3ast, 2stl, 5-9FG

Notables

David Monds: F, Lakers: 17pts, 3 reb

DeMar DeRozan: G, Kings: 10pts, 5reb, 5-12FG

Quincy Douby: G, Kings, 16pts, 3reb

Game 4: Milwaukee Bucks 65 Dallas Mavericks 59 boxscore

Top Performers

Jody Meeks: G, Bucks: 14pts, 6-9FG, 1-3pt

Joe Alexander: F, Bucks: 14pts, 7reb, 4-18FG

Ahmad Nivins:F, Mavs: 19pts, 6reb, 6Fouls, 8-10FG

Notables

Brandon Jennings: G, Bucks: 10pts, 3 reb, 3ast, 2stl, 2 TO, 3-12FG

Shocker in Belgrade: Russia Upsets U.S.

usa-logo-colorTeam USA lost their semifinal game vs Russia 68-69 today in the World University Games . Both teams shot poorly from the field but Russia managed to come out on top.

According to Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News, “Russia’s Nikita Shabalkin hit a 3-pointer with 23.3 seconds left to push his team past the U.S., which had led most of the second half. The U.S. had two shots at victory – one by Penn State guard Talor Battle, another by Purdue’s Robbie Hummel – but were unable to convert.”

Nikita Shabalkin

6'9" 236lb Forward Nikita Shabalkin

Shabalkin grabbed 8 boards and led all players in scoring with 20. Russian 7footer Alexey Zhukanenko put together a double double with 13points and 10rebounds. Other key Russian contributors included Euvgeniy Kolesnikov with 13points and 8boards and Alexy Kotishevskiy with 11points and 7 boards.

Purdue Boilermaker, Robbie Hummel and Villanova’s Corey Fisher led the way for the US with 14 points a piece.  UNC’s Deon Thompson had a nice game as well with 12points and 11boards. click here for the full boxscore.

The US will face Israel tomorrow in the Bronze medal game. Russia will face the host team Serbia in the finals.

On another note, why aren’t these games being televised here in the States? Most people probably didn’t even know these games were happening. Summertime sucks for watching sports in TV.  There’s baseball and that’s it. Why doesn’t a network cover these games. I’m sure at the very least these would draw better ratings than the WNBA, Lacrosse or half the other crap ESPN airs to fill time.

Orlando Summer Pro League: Final Standings & Stats

Standings

Team_________W _L _PCT__GB__ PPG __OppPPG_ Margin

Indiana Pacers           5  0   1.00     _     84.0      75.2        +8.8   team stats
OKC Thunder             3  2   .600     2     82.6      76.4        +6.2   team stats
Utah Jazz                   3  2   .600     2     76.0      78.8        -2.2   team stats
Boston Celtics            2  3   .400     3     86.2      81.0        +5.2   team stats
Orlando Magic            2  3   .400     3     81.6      83.2        -1.6    team stats
NJ/PHI Nexers            0  6   .000     6     72.4      88.2       +15.8  team stats

Individual Leaders

(Min 3Games Played)

Points Per Game

1. 22.3   Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
2. 23.2   Ryan Anderson, F, Orlando Magic
3. 20.2   Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers
4. 18.2   Tyler Hansbrough, F, Indiana Pacers
5. 14.8   James Harden, G, OKC Thunder & Kasib Powell, F, Orlando Magic

Rebounds Per Game

1.   9.4   Ryan Anderson, F, Orlando Magic
2.   9.0   Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers
3.   7.3   Richard Hendrix, F, Orlando Magic
4.   6.6   Marreese Speights, F, NJ/PHI Nexers
4.   6.6   Terrance Williams, F, NJ/PHI Nexers

Assists Per Game

1.  7.8   Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
2.  4.8   Gabe Pruitt, G, Boston Celtics
3.  4.0   Shaun Livingston, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
4.  3.2   Eric Maynor, G, Utah Jazz
4.  3.2   A.J. Price, G, Indiana Pacers

Steals Per Game

1.   2.5   Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
2.   1.8   James Harden, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
3.   1.6   Jrue Holliday, G, NJ/PHI Nexers
3.   1.6   Terrance Williams, F, NJ/PHI Nexers
5.   1.3   several tied

Blocks Per Game

1.   2.2  Marreese Speights, F, NJ/PHI Nexers
2.   1.8  Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers
2.   1.8  Richard Hendrix, F, Orlando Magic
4.   1.5  Serge Ibaka, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
4.   1.5  Kyle Weaver, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

Turnovers Per Game

1.  5.0   Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
2.  4.0   Terrance Williams, F, NJ/PHI Nexers
3.  3.4   Jrue Holliday, G, NJ/PHI Nexers
4.  3.2   Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers
4.  2.4   J.R. Giddens, G, Boston Celtics

3PM

1.  15   Chris Lofton, G, Boston Celtics, .600%
2.  12   Ryan Anderson, F, Orlando Magic .414%
3.   9   Kasib Powell, F, Orlando Magic .444%
4.   8   A.J. Price, G, Indiana Pacers .571%
5.   7   Josh Duncan, F, Utah Jazz .778%

FG% (min 15 attempts)

1. .724   Josh Duncan, F, Utah Jazz
2. .679   Serge Ibaka, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. .667   Robert Swift, C, Boston Celtics
4. .633   Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers
5. .561   D.J. White, F, Oklahoma City Thunder

FT% (min. 12 attempts)

1. .920   Ryan Anderson, F, Orlando Magic
2. .917   Leo Lyons, F, Indiana Pacers
2. .917   Russell Robinson, G, Orlando Magic
4. .882   Marreese Speights, F, NJ/PHI Nexers
5. .854   Tyler Hansbrough, F, Indiana Pacers