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Binghamton Update

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A few weeks ago the Binghamton athletic program and basketball took drastic actions to right the ship that was flipped by Tiki Mayben. Six players were let go and athletic Director Joel Thirer resigned. Last week Head Coach Kevin Broadus added more bad press to an already bad situation by violating the NCAA recruiting rules by visiting a student at a campus after the deadline to do so. He has now been place on paid leave from the basketball team while assistant coach Mark Macon will take over the duty until a further ruling on Broadus’ future is made.

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Written by Corey Johns

October 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Breaking News Out of Binghamton: Bearcats Cut Five

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I usually only report on UMBC but this is definitely worth a post because of what it means to the conference. Last season the Bearcats won the AEC tournament and this year they were expected to do the same as only one key player graduated but Kevin Broadus released six players in the past few days:

D.J. Rivera (20.0ppg)
Malik Alvin (11.7ppg)
Emanuel Mayben (11.5ppg)
David Fine (0.9ppg)
Corey Chandler (DNP)
Paul Crosby (DNP)

With recent reports that Emanuel Mayben was arrested for possessing and dealing drugs Broadus cleaned the team of all “bad apples”.

“They are not toeing the line,” said SID John Hartwick. “Their attitude and behavior…is not what we expect from out student-athletes.”

Binghamton’s leading returning scorer is Chretien Lukusa (4.4ppg).

Written by Corey Johns

September 26, 2009 at 7:13 am

The All My Kind of Guy Team- NBA Edition

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Not much going on in the world of UMBC athletics but I’m posting my all kind of guy team for the NBA much like I did for college basketball

Jason Kidd, Point Guard, Dallas Mavericks

I always have liked Jason Kidd. The guy can do it all but is one of the most unselfish players in the game. The 20 assists games against Phoenix towards the end of the end of the season in a do or die game just shows that he trust his team mates.

Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard, Los Angeles Lakers

Say what you want about him but the guy just doesn’t want to lose. Those are the players I like. He’s disgusted by the thought of losing and will do what ever if takes to win. But as much as people think it, he’s not selfish. He knows when to make his shot and take it but he loves his teammates and understands that without them he can’t win. He credited Trevor Ariza for getting them to the finals, Derek Fisher for winning game two and Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for containing Dwight Howard and he said without them he couldn’t have won.

Shane Battier, Small Forward, Houston Rockets

I hate the fact that I like him because he’s a Duke boy and I hate everything about Duke, but there is just something about him that I like. He rarely gets the credit he deserves but in my opinion he was the best player on the rockets this year. He was overshadowed by Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, and Ron Artest but without Battier they wouldn’t have done that well, which showed when he stepped up when those guys were out. He’s without a doubt on of the best defenders, if not the best defender, in the NBA and can hit those clutch shots when the team needs. For a Duke boy he’s not so bad.

Lamar Odom, Power Forward, Los Angeles Lakers

There is little doubt that right now Lamar Odom is one of the best forwards in the game. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves as a great forward but there aren’t many better than him. He’s so athletic and so strong that he just pushed his way around and he always seems to make a play when the team needs it most, whether it be a block, layup, pass, or key defensive stop.

Shaquile O’Neil, Center, Phoenix Suns

He’s the best player of my generation (I’m counting Michael Jordon a little before my time because I was only nine when he retired from the Bulls). Shaq is just the great charismatic big man that backs everything up on the court and a guy every team wants. four time champions, 15 time all-star, and KAZAAM!!! what’s not to love.

***I’m going to give an honorary spot on the team to Courtney Lee, Shooting Guard, Orlando Magic. It’s hard to top Kobe, who’s my favorite player, but Courtney Lee is going to be a star very soon. He’s a solid defender and though he wasn’t asked to score much on the team he very well could have scored 15.0+ ppg. I loved him in college when he carried that Western Kentucky team to the sweet 16 and I love him now, he and Dwight Howard are going to be a great 1-2 punch.

Written by Corey Johns

June 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm

MLB Preview

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AL East

1. New York Yankees

Even with all off season the Yankees had a lot of people still don’t think they will win the Division. But if they don’t it will be one of the most disappointing loss in all of baseball. C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett help make a great five man rotation and Mariano Rivera doesn’t give up to many saves. The hitting is just going to be hard to stop. There isn’t anybody you can pitch around in that lineup.

2. Boston Red Sox * (Wildcard)

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching, and more pitching. Anytime you have Brad Penny as your fifth starter your rotation is in good shape and Papelbon is one of the great closers in this decade. The hitting is still around in Boston. The young and old make for a another serious championship contender.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

The Cinderella story ends this year. The Rays has a lot of talent and there is no denying that if they were in any other division they would win but with the talent the Yankees and Red Sox have it’s going to be hard to get back.

4. Toronto Blue Jays

they have a good amount of stars on the team but the pitching just isn’t going to be able to compete with the top three in the division.

5. Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles ave a lot of hitting potential on the team but when Jeremy Guthrie is without a doubt the ace on your staff…yikes.

AL Central

1. Chicago White Sox

Don’t expect those your guys who stepped up last year to go away any time soon. Carlot Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks are going to make the White Sox competitive for a long time.

2. Cleveland Indians

They underperformed last year but Fausto Carmona is going to be back which should help big time and if Carl Pavano and Kerry Wood continue to stay healthy watch out.

3. Minnesota Twins

The best thing the twins can hope for is Francisco Liriano gets back to form because otherwise that rotation is average at best.

4. Detroit Tigers

No team failed to mean expectations like the Tigers last season. That lineup may be the best in baseball but that rotation has serious questions after Verlander. If those guys can step up the Tigers may be the team to beat.

5. Kansas City Royals

Don’t count on a Rays like turnaround from the Royals this year. They have some good building blocks but just not enough talent to move up yet.

AL West

1. Los Angeles Angels

The Angels just have way to much talent across the board to be dethroned any time soon. The rotation is just too good and Brian Fuentes won’t be that much of a drop off from Francisco Rodriguez. But that lineup is making them a serious contender for a championship.

2. Texas Rangers

Maybe next year they’ll compete with the Angels. They have the offense but need more pitching before they can win.

3. Oakland Athletics

They added plenty of hitting but unless those young pitchers step it up big time this year they’ll be fighting to move out of third place.

4. Seattle Mariners

Too many questions and not enough talent. Barring a miracle they’ll be in last place again.

NL East

1. New York Mets

The question is can they finish a season without a collapse. They have plenty of pitching and K-rod and Putz in the eighth and nine innings they will be hard to stop, especially with all the power in that lineup.

2. Philadelphia Phillies * (Wildcard)

Don’t expect the world champions with pretty much the same team to lose a step. They’ll be back in the play-offs ready to defend their title.

3. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are really close to being back at the top of the league. If Tom Glavine and Jeff Francour bounce back they’ll be welcoming back Tim Hudson with open arms mid season for another solid pitcher.

4. Florida Marlins

They have the middle infield ready to win and a few good pitchers but they are a few more pieces away from contending.

5. Washington Nationals

They added some good pieces to help Zimmerman, Guzman, and Blliard but they are far from average in that pitching rotation and until they get more pitching they’ll be at the bottom once again.

NL Central

1. Chicago Cubs

Barring injuries the Cubs should run away with the division and with Milton Bradley aboard they should be a serious contender for the championship.

2. Milwaukee Brewers

They have the hitting. They have the relief pitching. They just need a few more starters before they jump the Cubs and make it to the playoffs.

3. Cincinnati Reds

Despite losing Griffey and Dunn they are in great position to be a dark horse for the playoffs. They have the pitching but are just a few more hitters away.

4. St. Louis Cardinals

Long gone are the days of dominating the division. They have a lot of talent but need one or two more guys to make a move back up in the standings.

5. Houston Astros

The Astros could be a dark horse with all the offense they have. The hitting is there and if the pitching turns around they can be a contender.

6. Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh is the place where talent has one good year and drops off the radar. If they want to move up they have to be more consistent.

NL West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Without Manny Ramirez this is an open division. But the Dodgers will most likely walk away again as division champions

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are very close to winning the division. If the young guys play more consistently they can be hard to beat but until they play more consistently they’ll be battling for a wildcard spot.

3. Colorado Rockies

If Troy Tilowitzki rebounds the Rockies can be a team to watch out for as Helton, Hawpe, and Atkins help make a solid lineup. They just need a pitcher to step up.

4. San Francisco Giants

Their talented pitchers need a little more help from the batters if they want to win more games.

5. San Diego Padres

The Padres did nothing to help themselves in the off season and because of it they’ll be one of the worst teams in the league. Peavy will likely be dealt this years leaving no pitching and little hitting to help.

Post Season:

Yankees over White Sox
Cubs over Mets

Championship:

Cubs over Yankees

Awards

AL MVP: Vladimir Guerrero
NL MVP: Chase Utley

AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett
NL Cy Young: Carlos Zambrano

Written by Corey Johns

April 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm

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The All-My Kind of Guy Team

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It doesn’t have anything to do with UMBC completely but I’m goign to have a little bit of fun. With Basketball running through my mind at all times in the heat of March Madness I got to thinking, who actually are my favorite players in the country. Now when I like players it’s not because they are the overall best, it’s because thay are guys that I like how the play. I broke it down into two categories, National (big time schools) and America East (to add a little bit of relevance to the blog.

The All-My Kind of Guy National Team

Jonny Flynn, Point Guard, Syracuse

What isn’t there to like about this guy. He’s a relentless warrior. He’ll play every second of ever game and not be tired (see six overtime game against UCONN in Big East Tournament). In my opinion he’s the best point guard in the nation. He can score, he can defend, he can pass.

Scottie Reynolds, Shooting Guard, Villanova

Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Scorer, Defender, it’s all wrapped up into one in Scottie Reynolds. For the majority of his career he was the guy that absolutely needed to score 20 points a game if Villanova wanted a prayer of winning, but now with the rest of the team stepping up he understands that and has limited his roll offensively but has certainly taken a new role on the defensive side of the ball and puts his body on the line just to not allow an easy shot (see Darren Collinson in the second round of the tournament).

Chase Budinger, Small Forward, Arizona

What a freak athlete this guy is. He can shoot threes and make you pay inside on any play. He rebounds, he defender, he passes. Sometimes I think he’s the point guard the way he moves the ball around. You have to love those do-it-all guys on the court.

Jeff Pendergraph, Power Forward, Arizona State

The low post presence on the team is just a phenomenal defender. He’s a great rebounder and just gets after the ball. But what I like about him is his accuracy. He’s the second most accurate player in the country from the floor but is the center and is second on the team from the foul line. How often do you see that second part from a forward?

Tyler Hansbrough, Center, North Carolina

Who doesn’t love the absolutely amazing white basketball player that makes Duke cry. The fact that he just dominates Duke is a huge plus but I always did like Hansbrough. I liked him when he first came into college and was playing like a men among boys right away. He’s just so athletics and doesn’t take crap from anybody. What’s not to love.

The All-My Kind of Guy America East Team

(Sorry not enough pictures of the players)

I limited myself to just one UMBC player because other wise it would be dominated by them.

Jaret Von Rosenberg, Point Guard, Hartford

The classic do-it-all man that I just love to watch. He scores, he rebounds, he passes the ball and runs the floor so well.

Tyrece Gibbs, Shooting Guard, New Hampshire

I just loved to watch Gibbs play. He was one of the best pure scorers in the conference and was one of the most clutch players as well. When New Hampshire needed a shot the knew who to get it to.

Tommy Brenton, Small Forward, Stony Brook

He’s a freshman and leads the conference in defensive rebounds. That means he’s tough as nails. He almost lead the conference in total rebounds and scored when needed. We’ll be delighted with three more years of his talent coming to life. (as a UMBC fan…gulp)

Jerel Hastings, Small Forward, Albany

Don’t underestimate his scoring ability because he could make a team pay, but he’s best known for his phenomenal defense. Just a down right work hard, do what ever it takes, scrappy guy.

Darryl Proctor, Power Forward, UMBC

What’s not to love about Darryl Proctor. He was just a great player every game he went out on the court. Not everybody has the ability to score in double digits ever game in a season (not even national player of the year Blake Griffin). When the game was on the line, Proctor’s name was called, and when you needed a big performance in a conference tournament game, that’s right, Proctor was there.

Written by Corey Johns

March 22, 2009 at 2:21 am

Posted in Non-UMBC Sports