Breaking Down Blake Griffin’s “Dunk”: Where Does It Stand?

Griffin rises up above Perkins.

In 1951, New York Giants player Bobby Thomson hit a game winning home run which clinched the National League pennant for the Giants and his homerun was nicknamed, the “Shot heard ‘round the world.”

Moving onto 2012, last night Los Angeles Clippers forward, Blake Griffin cut to the basket, received a pass from guard Chris Paul, rose up and dunked it on Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins.

The Staples Center crowd immediately rose to their feet with cheers and excitement as they all may had just witnessed history. Many began calling it the “dunk of the year” and one of the best dunks they’ve ever seen as players went to twitter to share their thought of the dunk.

“Dunk of the Year!! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!! Wow!! I guess I’m #2 now. Move over #6,” Miami Heat forward LeBron James tweeted.

“OMG!!! OMG!!! Who just saw the dunk by @blakegriffin on kendrick perkins?!! This dude is a beast!!,” Football star Terrell Owens tweeted.

“Watched blakes dunk over and over again. Almost makes me wonder if me and him even play the same sport. What an athlete,” Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki tweeted.

Though watching it over again and again and again, is it really that great of a dunk? Is it worthy of calling it the “dunk of the year” when there’s still plenty more of games to come? Or is both of those and worthy of being nicknamed the “DUNK heard ‘round the world?”

Absolutely not and matter of fact, the dunk that LeBron James had the night before against the Chicago Bulls which he jumped over Bulls player John Lucas, then caught the ball and then dunked it, was much better than Griffin’s dunk on Monday night. Continuing with that, realistically Griffin’s “dunk” technically is just a lay-up as there was very little contact made with the rim if any at all.

So, dunk of the year? Best dunk ever? Nickname it the DUNK heard ‘round the world? No, no, and no.

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San Francisco 49ers Punt Returner Kyle Williams Receives Death Threats

Picture of WIlliams's fumble in overtime.

Over the past the past eight seasons for the San Francisco 49ers franchise they experienced all sorts of ways of losing; some big losses, some close ones, an occasional win, and well you know the rest.

However this season for the San Francisco 49ers has been much different, much different in the fact that not only did they go 13-3, but they made the playoffs. Then to make it even better they made it out of the first round defeating the New Orleans Saints 36-32 and made it to the NFC Championship game with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Then those chances would be even more alive as in overtime they would stop the New York Giants, giving them the ball back. Except, things went back to their old ways as punt returner, Kyle Williams would fumble the punt giving the ball back to the Giants and a  ticket to the Super Bowl XLVI to New York as well.

“Everyone in here told me to keep my head up and told me it’s not on me,” Williams said. “It’s just one of those things. You hate to be the last guy that had the ball, to give it up that way and to lose a game of this magnitude.”

Hate was definitely something that 49ers fans would take from Williams’s response after the game as fans, spectators, and to whom ever they may concern sent tweets, letters, and even death threats to Kyle Williams due to both of his costly fumbles in both overtime as well as the one earlier in the fourth quarter.

One of the hateful remarks read, “I hope you, you’re wife, kids, and family die, you deserve it.”

Williams’s dad would tell ESPN that his son Kyle was playing in the game with an injured shoulder as well as telling them, “I’m used to the years of criticism and threats on my life from time to time, but I have to hear about threats on your son’s life while you’re watching TV and it certainly makes you question our culture of sports as it stands,” Kenny Williams said Monday. “I told his mother on the way out exactly what was coming. That’s the nature of the beast.”

Even though it may be natural as Williams’s father, Kenny implied the question still comes up and that’s, is it right? Is it right, to threaten a man or woman’s life due to the fact that they made a wrong play or two. Now I understand that it was the NFC Championship game and that without those two fumbles the 49ers may have went to the Super Bowl, but threatening to kill Williams because of it? That’s just not right.

Not right, that teammate David Akers intervened as he tweeted on “ppl need to get a grip! Leave Kyle alone!”

“I’m irritated with the way people are treating him, absolutely,” Akers said. “I think it’s ridiculous. You know, get a grip on what life’s about. He went out and he put his soul out there. That’s what he does. He was not trying to do anything other than make an incredible play for this team. He had a great kickoff return. Mistakes happen. We all make mistakes. But when you’re out there truly battling to do the best you can, my hat goes off to him, to anybody that does that.”

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Michael Jordan Speaks Out About Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant the debate that will never end.

Since the NBA Lockout ended, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has always been a top the news of the NBA. Rather it being his surgery that he had during the off-season, the question of if he’ll win another ring, the comparison to Miami Heat forward LeBron James or the ESPN pre-season rankings that put him as the seventh best player currently in the NBA.

Looking back at those rankings now Bryant who’s averaging 30.8 points per game and is the NBA’s leading scorer is anything but seventh in the NBA as he’s proving yet again this season that he’s clearly the best.

As it stands right now Bryant has four of the five top single game points in one game for a player this 2011-12 season, as it goes his 48 point game against Phoenix, Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard with 45, then Bryant’s 42 against Cleveland, his 42 against the Clippers, and his 40 against Utah.

However seventh is where ESPN felt he stood.

As for Michael Jordan who many claim was the best to ever touch a basketball didn’t feel that Bryant was the seventh best player in the NBA as he not only felt that Bryant was the best, but the only player that deserved to be compared to him.

“Kobe’s ultimate competition is MJ. That’s why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn’t human,” said Roland Kobester a well respected writer who’s currently writing on a Jordan book “.I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.”

What more do you need than the approval from the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Michael Jordan than to say that he’s the best in the NBA? Apparently ESPN didn’t think so as they put LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant all ahead of Bryant.

Taking all of what Jordan said and what Bryant has done thus far this NBA season, I wonder what ESPN would say now? Would they still keep him at seventh? Or would they move him up to where he should be, at number one? All questions that may never be answered, but it doesn’t matter as they don’t need to be answered, as Michael Jordan and Bryant’s performance this season have already answered those questions.

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Will Kobe Bryant Win The 2011-12 NBA Scoring Title? Or Will The Wrist Injury Hurt Him?

Bryant drops 48 points aganist the Suns.

Kobe Bryant came into 2011-12 season with high hopes after under going an experimental surgery on his knees that he said restored him to new as many people close to Bryant have said that he looks young again. However in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bryant would take a hard fall to the ground falling on his wrist, though he wouldn’t come out.

That wrist injury would later be diagnosed as a torn ligament in his right wrist which is Bryant’s shooting hand. According to Web MD, wrist injuries of this severity require either surgery or a cast/splint and sometimes even both. As far as the timetable of how long the recovery would take, could sometimes be a year. However in most cases it takes about usually six weeks.

As soon as news broke of the injury, many began speculating on how much time Bryant would miss and if he would play in the season opener. Though come Christmas day, Bryant would play in the season opener and would play well scoring 28 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and two steals in a one point, 78-77 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

“You just go out there and play your game,” Bryant told ESPN. “Not think about it as much. … I try to block it out.”

Picture of the fall Bryant's wrist took.

On January 6th against the Golden State Warriors last Friday Bryant would score 39 points in a 97-90 win over the Warriors and would score the most points in a single game for any player in the NBA for the 2011-12 NBA season.

Then just four days later, Bryant would score 48 points against the Phoenix Suns in a 99-83 win breaking in his former record of 39 points for the 2011-12 NBA season. The next closest player to Bryant’s 2011-12 single game season record is Warriors guard Monta Ellis who scored 38 points against the San Antonio Spurs on January 4th.

The Lakers have played 11 games this season so far and Bryant has played in every single one of them. As far as his play, it’s been great as he’s averaging 29.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists a game.

Bryant is currently second in the NBA in scoring behind Miami Heat forward LeBron James who’s averaging 29.6 points per game in just nine games. However James doesn’t have a severe wrist injury nor is James 33 like Bryant is. Though age aside, once Bryant’s wrist heals in say a couple more weeks Kobe Bryant will win the scoring title this 2011-12 NBA season. Heck, he could probably win it with his wrist injury.

“I think he’s a player that has remarkable will to fight through anything. And he proved it today by being out there. By not even questioning the fact that he might not play. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. He’s out there and he’s the leader of this team, so it’s important for him to do that,” teammate Pau Gasol told ESPN after the Lakers season opener against Chicago.

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Will Tebow Time Happen In Pittsburgh?

Tebow time, will it happen?

Today at 4:30 Eastern Time the Denver Broncos will play in the first playoff game under quarterback Tim Tebow. Since the Broncos made the switch from quarterback Kyle Orton to Tebow the Broncos have been pretty good as they have won seven games and lost four under Tebow this season.

Now despite losing to the Kansas City Chiefs and former quarterback Kyle Orton who was claimed off of waivers 7-3 last week, the Broncos due to an Oakland Raiders loss clinched the AFC West and would go onto the playoffs. As for who they would face, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now everyone would most likely think that “Tebow Time” will come to an end today as the Steelers, ranked first in yards allowed in the NFL with 4,348 yards against opposing offenses would really shake Tebow. Then you calculate that in Tebow’s last three games he has been completely awful, turning the ball over seven times, three of those turnovers coming from fumbles.

However, if you look, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the least most takeaways in the NFL with 15 and they have given the ball away 28 times. As for the Broncos they have been on fire as in their last three games they have forced opposing offenses to turn the ball over nine times.

Taking that in, you then add in the factor that Steelers leading rusher, Rashard Mendenhall will be out of this game due to a torn ACL. Then, Ben Roethlisberger is still nursing an ankle injury. So adding those two factors in and then looking at a Broncos defense who has came up clutch before by forcing a turnover or two to help out Tebow and the offense may do it again.

Now you can call me crazy, but Tim Tebow out of Florida University will beat the Pittsburgh Steelers today on January 8th, 2012 and here’s why. Week 15, he played the New England Patriots, one of the best if not the best team in the AFC so we don’t count that in.

Week 16, the Buffalo Bills it was a cold game that Tebow wasn’t always used too as playing in Florida the weather was much different. However Tebow didn’t do that bad until the end when he was faced at such a deficit that he was put in by his defense, which resulted in multiple interceptions. All it was was that he panicked.

Week 17, they just looked out of sync on offense. As for the defense they looked great allowing only one touchdown and despite the 7-3 loss to the Chiefs, I think that it was good that it happened. It was good because it put the Broncos backs against the wall and as the underdogs again, a place that they have seemed to strive at as last time they were in that similar position they won seven straight.

So now the Broncos will host a team that has sometimes struggled to put a team away as 7 of their 12 wins have been very close as have two of their losses. For any other team this may not be a problem for the Steelers, but facing the Broncos it should be as this season they have had six fourth quarter comebacks all lead by Tim Tebow.

Another factor that will be added in is there won’t be as many Steelers fans as not only is it a home game for the Broncos, but because Broncos fans were blocking Steelers fans from purchasing tickets at the stadium by forming human walls, blocking fans from purchasing online or through the phone by looking at area codes and zip codes, and any other way to prevent Steelers fans from coming.

So get on your knee and bow your head boys and girls, because it’s Tebow Time and it’s about to take place yet again in Denver.

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Lebron James Gets His Very First Ring; An Engagment Ring

Lebron James and his new wife (well not yet...just engaged)

Since entering the NBA in 2003, Miami Heat Forward, Lebron James has always been chasing the goal of winning an NBA Championship in strive of winning a ring; a championship ring.

Now while each year over and over again James failed and then failed again in Cleveland as he couldn’t win a ring he did however get very close in 2006-07 when the Cavilers made it to the NBA Finals until eventually being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. After getting swept James would play three more seasons with the Cavilers before making his famous “decision” on ESPN to take his talents to “South Beach” aka Miami.

James would join superstars, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh where they would automatically be favored as the 2010-11 NBA Champions. However despite making it to the NBA Finals yet again James would lose, except he wouldn’t be swept as they lost 4-2 to the Dallas Mavericks, but he wouldn’t reach his goal and silence the critics by getting a ring.

After losing to the Dallas Mavericks with the team that everyone thought would for sure win it, James would take a lot of criticism as some said he would never win a ring or that he would never get any sort or ring, a wedding ring, engagement ring, class ring, etc. Well just five games into the 2011-12 NBA season James has proved them all wrong as he now has his first ring…an engagement ring.

James who has been with Savannah Brinson since High School, finally popped the question to start the New Year off and didn’t choke as she said yes. “My girl, she’s very excited,” James said Sunday night after he and the Miami Heat beat Charlotte 129-90. “She would love to answer more questions about it than me. But she’s happy, my family’s happy and that’s what it’s about.”

This engagement means that James will soon be getting another ring as come the Wedding time the ring bear will bring Lebron ring number two shying the great Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant of just a couple. However he can’t get too excited yet as no wedding date as been planned yet.

Now all jokes aside, imagine if Brinson said no? I guess it would just be fate right there that Lebron would never have a ring. I mean, several chances in Cleveland, two All-Stars in Miami, but the key to his success to getting a ring had been there all along; it was his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson that would get him that very first ring.

Congratulations to you Lebron and to your family, however to bad Brinson won’t be able to help you get your first NBA Championship ring… or help you prevent another fourth quarter meltdown…or close out a game…actually she probably could if she was able to play for you.

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