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The A-Train Rant 21.0!!

Posted in Basketball, Football, Hockey, NFL, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by ALNTheZone


Happy New Year one and all, it’s time for the 1st rant of 2015…

  1. Stuart Scott is Mr. SportsCenter, I can care less what you think. Not being biased either.
  2. Pau Gasol is a blessing to Chicago. Thank you Jim Buss.
  3. Jimmy Butler is not only an All-Star, he’s playing like an MVP.
  4. Stephen Curry is amazing…maybe he should be the MVP.
  5. I dislike Steve Kerr still; that Warriors team will forever be Mark Jackson’s.
  6. The Atlanta Hawks will not go to the Eastern Conference Finals this season. I don’t give a damn how good they’re doing right now.
  7. Stan Kroenke gave the NFL the finger and was straight gangster with it.
  8. The Cleveland Cavaliers added two cancers to the team after trading one of them (Dion Waiters traded, received J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert)
  9. There’s no need for a committee for the College Football Playoff, just call it the BCS College Football Playoff and let the computers decide.
  10. Oregon will win the national championship; screw you Buckeye fans.
  11. I’m cheering for the Cowboys this weekend…just like you…I can’t believe it either.
  12. I’m not watching hockey until March/April…that’s when the real fun begins just like the NBA.
  13. I feel sorry for Marvin Lewis and Jim Caldwell…only of these men will get the short end of the stick.
  14. So when does baseball season start?
  15. Dirk Nowitzki is better than Larry Bird. (Became 7th all-time leading scorer in NBA history)
  16. “BOOYAH!”
  17. “Cool as the other side of the pillow.”
  18. “I ain’t gone say nothing, but that ain’t right.”
  19. Rich Eisen is awesome. Never forget your colleague and friend. Classy move.
  20. Shoutout to every sports team that honored Stuart Scott.


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Dallas Should Be Super Bowl Champions

Posted in Football, NFL, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by ALNTheZone

2015 Pro Bowler Tony Romo

That title seems like a stretch, doesn’t it?

Well it shouldn’t be…at all.

As much as I dislike that team and their fans, “America’s Team” (as it was proclaimed long ago) is back in the saddle to make that championship run to sit on the NFL’s top mountain.

This team has the makings of a championship-caliber football team.

You heard that correctly. Me, the one that dislikes the Cowboys, believes this team can win it all.

It has a good (although sometimes good has been a stretch for him), a running back (who led the league in rushing and touchdowns), and a wide receiver (who is probably the best receiver in the NFL). In addition…an All-Pro tight end and by far one of the best offensive lines in not just the conference, but the entire league. Not to mention, a defense who ranked in the Top 15 in defense this season and won every road game they played in (4-4 home record during regular season) seems like a clear indicator that this team is headed back towards their “destiny for greatness.” I DON’T LIKE IT! But I have to deal with it. It’s just sports.


NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray

Speaking of it’s just sports, this post wouldn’t have been done if it wasn’t for the “controversial” 24-20 win against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game on Sunday. Lots of factors played into the game especially the poor decision making of one Jim Caldwell, who is about every bit as bad with that as Marvin Lewis is with the Bengals. Let’s not forget how Jerry Jones used his wallet to overcome that bad pass interference call. BUT when the game was on the line, Caldwell choked and his quarterback choked. That’s what makes me dislike Matthew Stafford. In games I needed him for fantasy, he choked.

Sorry, getting beside myself because the topic is about Dallas…so let me stick to the topic at hand, ok?

Dallas has a good road ahead of them, yet probably their biggest challenge will come from the NFC North champs, the Green Bay Packers. I don’t like them either. Thanks two of my family members who constantly think they are the absolute best. But hey, as a fan you’re supposed to think that way. But the Cowboys have their undefeated regular season mark to take with them on to Lambeau. If they get past Green Bay, they are going to the Super Bowl. WELL HOW IS THAT, TRAIN? THEY HAVE ANOTHER GAME LEFT AFTERWARDS. Truth. But let me help you understand because (whispers) it’s all a setup.


“The best receiver in the NFL,” Dez Bryant

The Carolina/Seattle game will more than likely goes Seattle’s way (on paper). I understand the term “Any Given Sunday” real well yet more than likely they will be outmatched. Now if Carolina steps up from their 27-16 win against Arizona, they could put the Seahawks on the ropes. But I just don’t see that happening in this matchup. Back to why Dallas will go to the Super Bowl is this…Seattle will likely be the winner between them and Carolina which sets up a rematch back with Dallas back in Week 6, which the Cowboys won by a touchdown IN Seattle. Dallas won’t be afraid of Seattle because they believe they can be them in their own house. HOWEVER, this will be the 2nd time in Romo’s career that he will face Seattle at Qwest Field. The last time he played them (which was back in 2006), led to this, and the final was this. But THAT was a different Romo then compared to now…at least some people think that…but however, this team should not be able to disappoint. This NFL fan hopes they choke again.

But yet this 2014 edition of the Cowboys team is eerily similar to the Dallas team back in 1992. You can click this link and see what I mean.

If they get the win in Lambeau, get the people ready for a party in Glendale at Super Bowl XLIX (49) and a date with the New England Patriots and beating down Tom Brady.

Lord, I hope that doesn’t happen, but if it does, I’m going to a Super Bowl party…for just the food/drink.

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The A-Train Rant Special…RIP Stuart Scott

Posted in Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2015 by ALNTheZone


“Cool as the other side of the pillow.”

“Can I get a witness from the congregation?”

If you were a sports fan and you never heard those catchphrases on Sportscenter then you don’t know who Stuart Scott was and you were basically crawling under a rock.

The former longtime ESPN anchor died today at the age of 49 after an 8-year bout with cancer.

Scott was not the typical sportscaster, he was different. He brought a style to “the worldwide leader in sports” that even most of the air staff began mimicking it during their own Sportscenter broadcasts.

Now it wasn’t accepted by most during his tenure because it wasn’t the “typical” sportscast by the “typical” sportscaster. Scott went through a lot of hell and high water to be the anchor he wanted to be. He didn’t change just because someone had a negative opinion of him, he kept doing what he did and made himself into a household name on ESPN…he went from the “black guy on Sportscenter” to just simply Stuart Scott. He wasn’t trying to be the first so-and-so to do something, he was just trying to be…Stuart. And he did.

espn_sscott_01_600x600He introduced a whole new generation of viewers by the style that he portrayed on-air. It was nothing fake about Stuart. This was him and him alone. Crazy as it may seem, but he set a very high standard at Bristol because his deliverance and energy to Sportscenter meant so much to that broadcast. Whether you loved him or hated him, you couldn’t stop watching the nightly broadcast or the late night broadcast. He had you hooked to the screen. Now one has to be a real sports fan to know that he was one of the former personalities that started with the brand new ESPN2 back in 1993.

I for one enjoyed…many of times…every time that he and (former ESPN anchor) Rich Eisen would do Sportscenter. If Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann were the 1 team on Sportscenter as many people believe then Eisen and Scott were the 2 team. You couldn’t have asked for a better pairing. It’s sad to even see Eisen get emotional about it. I enjoyed him when he did his NBA and NFL telecasts. It’s funny how when I was in college, some people referred to me as Stuart Scott, Jr. or Mr. ESPN. Many people, including myself, who were getting in sports broadcasting looked at Scott as the standard. Whomever he worked with, the chemistry was always there. He loved going to work which is awesome considering how most broadcasters turn into divas. He wasn’t that guy. He was a Carolina fan because he lived and went to school at Chapel Hill. That made me an even bigger fan of his.

Stuart Scott was the biggest reason why I wanted to be in sports. He made it so cool to talk about and watch. He brought in the black audience, he brought the “barbershop” sports talk, he even brought the hip-hop generation to ESPN and made it work for 21 years. Again, it was not an easy road but he stayed true to himself and the work that he put in. The man had pure swag on the mic and away from the mic.

Now I’m not a father nor have I lost my father…so it’s tough to even understand how his two daughters feel at this very moment. He clearly loved and cherished them and took them for the ride that he was on while on this earth.  He fought as hard as he could. As Hannah Storm tearfully put it on Sportscenter that he did not lose his battle, but just lost Stuart. StuartScott1

Not too long ago, the sports world also lost a great journalist in Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Truly, two great journalists, both gone at young ages, succumbing to cancer. I hate cancer. I really do. It took away my cousin…he was only 26 years of age. It took my wife’s aunt away just recently. I HATE CANCER!

But Stuart Scott touched us all in some shape, form or fashion. Don’t believe me this speech proves it.

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