Archive for May, 2017

Peter Vecsey Goes “N The Zone”

Posted in Basketball, nba, Podcast, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2017 by A-Train

In this 2-part interview, Peter Vecsey, long-time sports columnist of the NY Post joins “N The Zone” and shows off his rap skills.

In Part 1, he talks about his career and how he got the analyst job on the “NBA on NBC.” Plus gives a colorful story on his relationship with Pat Riley while on NBC and when he coached the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.

In Part 2, with Peter Vecsey as he talks about his unfiltered thoughts about Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Also, a impromptu with Michael Jordan on Jackson’s and Tex Winter’s triangle offense. Along with his thoughts on the if Cavs-Warriors for a third time, is good for the NBA.

NOTE: The following segments contain language that some may find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 1) 05-21-17

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 2) 05-21-17

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N The Zone SEASON 2 FINALE

Posted in Football, nba, NBA Draft, NFL, Podcast, Special, Sports, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by A-Train

Closing out the 2nd season of “N The Zone” with a bang! After announcing the sponsors and guests of the show, the final monologue of the season is delivered by The Livn Legend. Now, he hasn’t spoke out the newest public figure LaVar Ball, but he does this week after his encounter with Fox Sports 1 host, Kristine Leahy. Plus The Livn Legend gives his thoughts on sports journalist Jason Lee Whitlock. 

NOTE: The following contains language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone SEASON 2 FINALE – Open and The Monologue 05-21-17

Tiera Dobbins returns to talk everything Pittsburgh Steelers that includes their AFC title loss to the Patriots, along with analysis on their recent draft picks and an early outlook at the team for the 2017 season.

N The Zone SEASON 2 FINALE – Tiera Dobbins 05-21-17

Chris Lollis of “Cardinals Nation 24/7” joins the guys talking how that got started along with the moves and transactions of the St. Louis Cardinals and the criticisms of manager Mike Matheny.

N The Zone SEASON 2 FINALE – Chris Lollis 05-21-17

Taylor Hay and Tiffany Pugh of the St. Louis Slam women’s football team joins the show. Taylor plays running back, while Tiffany plays middle linebacker on the Slam. They talk about how they got started with the team, their careers outside of football, also what they plan to do when their time in football is done. They are fresh off their national championship run last season and currently headed toward another playoff run this season, so they speak on the differences from this team to last year and they also give their favorite NFL teams and players.

N The Zone SEASON 2 FINALE – Taylor Hay and Tiffany Pugh 05-21-17

 

2017 NBA Combine: Measurements vs. College Listings

Posted in 101 ESPN, 2017 NBA Combine, 2017 NBA Draft, Basketball, Bleacher Report, Draft Express, nba, NBA Draft, NCAA, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by Shane Gray

Shane Gray (@RealShaneGray)

Earlier this month, the NBA held its annual Draft Combine, where dozens of NBA hopefuls and representatives of all 30 NBA teams gathered for player interviews, athletic and strength tests, 5 on 5 scrimmages and, yes — official length and height measurements.

For decades, fans have taken interest in discovering just how tall some of the NCAA’s biggest stars actually were/are. Some of the measurements over the years have been eye-opening and — in some cases — hurt a prospects draft stock.

Way back in 1992, Oklahoma State stud Byron Houston — a collegiate All-American who was listed at 6’7″ with the Cowboys — measured just 6’4″ barefoot at the Combine, putting him closer to 6’5″ in shoes than his supposed 6’7″.

More recently, Kansas State standout Michael Beasley — who was billed at 6’10” in college and has continued to be listed at 6’10” at his various NBA stops — measured just 6’7″ in socks and 6’8″ 1/4 with shoes at the 2008 Combine.

As you can guess, some teams showed diminished interest in Houston and Beasley after their measurements. For Houston, who primarily played the post, 6’5″ in shoes wasn’t nearly as attractive as 6’7″. For Beasley, a classic tweener who can play a little at both the three and the four, his 6’8″ in- shoes measurement wasn’t as appealing to some clubs as a 6’10” measurement would have been.

At this year’s combine, as has long been the case, many of the players came up significantly shorter than advertised. I took the time to compare every prospect measured at the Combine to their college listing, checking at least two to three sources to ensure accuracy. Here are the results — first as a group and then individually.

Of 66 players measured both with and without shoes early in day when people are significantly taller (1/3 inch to 3/4 inch+ in some cases than afternoon/evening due to spinal compression), here are the results of the NO SHOES measurements:

-13 of 66 prospects (19.6%) measured 2 to 2.5 inches below their listed college height.
-29 of 66 players (43.9%) measured 1.75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-41 of 66 prospects (62.1%) measured 1.5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-50 of 66 players (75.7%) measured 1.25 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-59 of 66 players (89.3%) measured 1 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-62 of 66 prospects (93.9%) measured .75 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-65 of 66 players (98.4%) measured .5 to 2.5 inches below listed college height.
-1 of 66 players (1.5%) measured same height as listed college height.

In terms of IN SHOE measurements — players play in shoes, after all, and thus in-shoe measurements are completely valid and appropriate — just 25 of 66 measured as tall as their listed college height. Even with shoes on, 41 of 66 were shorter than their listed college height.

Individually, the results were as follows:

Player                     No Shoes     In Shoes      College Listing  College
Jonathon Jeanne   7’0 3/4″         7’2″                 7’2″                       France
Thomas Welsh      6’11 1/2″        7’0 1/2″          7’0″                       UCLA
Omer Yurtseven   6’10 1/2″        6’11 3/4″       7’0″                       N.C. State
Zach Collins           6’10 1/4″        7’0″               7’0″                       Gonzaga
Justin Patton          6’10”              6’11 1/4″       7’0″                      Creighton
Moritz Wagner      6’10”              6’11 1/4″       6’11”                    Michigan
Thomas Bryant      6’9 1/2″         6’10 3/4″      6’10”                     Indiana
Tony Bradley          6’9 1/4″         6’10” 3/4″     6’11”                     UNC
Harry Giles             6’9 1/4″         6’10” 1/2″     6’10 & 6’11”         Duke
Jarrett Allen           6’9″                6’10 1/4″      6’11”                     Texas
Bam Adebayo        6’8 3/4″          6’9 3/4″        6’10”                     Kentucky
TJ Leaf                     6’8 3/4″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                     UCLA
Kennedy Meeks     6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/4″       6’10”                     UNC
Ivan Rabb               6’8 3/4″         6’10”              6’11”                    California
DJ Wilson                6’8 3/4″         6’10 1/2″       6’10”                    Michigan
Ike Anigbogu          6’8 1/2″         6’9 3/4″         6’10”                    UCLA
Eric Mica                 6’8 1/2″         6’9 1/4″         6’10”                    BYU
John Collins            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Wake Forest
Tyler Lydon            6’8 1/4″         6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Syracuse
Chris Boucher        6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’10”                    Oregon
Kyle Kuzma            6’8″                6’9 1/2″         6’9″                      Utah
Jonathan Motley    6’7 3/4″         6’8″ 3/4″        6’10”                   Baylor
Caleb Swanigan     6’7 1/2″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     Purdue
Isaiah Hicks            6’7 1/4″         6’8 1/2″          6’9″                     UNC
Alec Peters              6’7 1/4           6’8 3/4″         6’9″                     Valparaiso
Jordan Bell             6’7″                6’8 1/2″         6’9″                      Oregon
Justin Jackson        6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                      UNC
Cameron Oliver     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Nevada
Devin Robinson     6’7″                6’8 1/4″         6’8″                     Florida
Svi Mykhailiuk      6’6 1/2            6’7 1/2″         6’8″                    Kansas
OG Anunoby           6’6 1/4″          6’7 3/4″         6’8″                    Indiana
V.T. Beachem          6’6 1/4″          6’8″                6’8″                    Notre Dame
Nigel Hayes            6’6 1/4″          6’7 1/2″          6’8″                    Wisconsin
Jaron Blossomgame 6’5 3/4″      6’6 3/4″          6’7″                    Clemson
Justin Jackson        6’5 3/4″         6’7″                 6’7″                    Maryland
Jamel Artis             6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Pittsburgh
Terrance Ferguson 6’5 1/2″       6’7″                 6’7″                    Abelaine 36ers (pro)
Wesley Iwundu     6’5 1/2″         6’6 3/4″           6’7″                    Kansas State
P.J. Dozier               6’5 1/4″         6’6 3/4″           6’6″                    South Carolina
Semi Ojeleye          6’5 1/4″         6’6″                 6’7″                    SMU
Dillon Brooks         6’5″               6’6″                 6’7″                    Oregon
Dwayne Bacon      6’4 3/4″         6’6 1/4″           6’7″                    Florida State
Damyean Dotson  6’4 1/2″         6’5 1/2″           6’5″                    Houston
Luke Kennard        6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Duke
Davon Reed            6’4 1/2″        6’5 1/2″           6’6″                    Miami
Peter Jok                 6’4 1/2″         6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Iowa
Edmond Sumner   6’4″               6’5 3/4″          6’6″                     Xavier
Hamidou Diallo     6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5″                     Kentucky
Josh Hart                 6’3 3/4″         6’5″                6’5 1/2″              Villanova
Sindarius Thornwell 6’3 1/2″     6’4 3/4″         6’5″                    South Carolina
Kobi Simmons        6’3 1/4″         6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Arizona
Derrick White        6’3 1/4″          6’4 1/2″         6’5″                    Colorado
Tyler Dorsey           6’3″                6’4 1/2″         6’4″                    Oregon
Andrew Jones         6’3″                6’4 1/4″         6’4″                    Texas
Rawle Alkins          6’2 1/2″          6’3 3/4″         6’5″                    Arizona
De’ Aaron Fox        6’2″                 6’3 1/4″         6’3″                    Kentucky
Frank Jackson        6’2                  6’3 1/2″         6’3″                    Duke
Nigel Williams-Goss 6’1 1/2″       6’3″               6’3″                    Gonzaga
Isaiah Briscoe        6’1 1/4″           6’2 3/4″        6’3″                     Kentucky
Donovan Mitchell  6’1 1/4″          6’3″               6’3″                    Louisville
Monte Morris         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Iowa State
Melo Trimble         6’1 1/4″           6’2 1/2″        6’3″                    Maryland
Kadeem Allen        6’1″                 6’2 3/4″         6’3″                    Arizona
Frank Mason         5’11”                6’0″               5’11”                  Kansas
Derrick Walton     5’11”                6’0 3/4″         6’1″                   Michigan
Jawun Evans         5’10 3/4″          5’11 1/2″       6’1″                  Oklahoma State

Girl Chat Sports – Episodes 44 through 47

Posted in Girl Chat Sports, Podcast with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by A-Train

IN CASE YOU HAVE MISSED THEM, CHECK OUT THESE PAST EPISODES OF @GirlChatSports with great guests and sports talk from Melissa Ferris (@seattle4_life) and Stephanie Washington (@S_Wash)

MARCH MADNESS is in full affect and what better way to celebrate than have special Guest, Dedan Thomas joining the podcast! Dedan is a UNLV men’s basketball alumni, during those crazy days of the running rebels of early 90s. The ladies talk with him about college life in sin city, trying to stay off the strip, having a roommate like J.R. Rider and being coached by the legend Jerry Tarkanian. Also what he’s doing these days, WestCoast basketball, WestCoast Rebels, Las Vegas Storm…the boys & girls basketball teams…of course we get into some March Madness…if anyone has a bracket left and who is still around to take it all!!! Hot topic, turns the podcast to the discussion of LaVar Ball, as a parent, as “promoter” and how this is or isn’t affecting sons, especially London Ball currently in the sweet 16 battle. And we hear Dedan’s take as a father of 4 boys in the sports world. Of course Melissa and Steph couldn’t let a podcast go without some NFL updates, free agency had a few major announcements…oh and the wait could be over soon, Raiders to Las Vegas updates!!! And Marshawn in Black and Silver? A few NBA notable moments and stats and what about players getting a game off here and there for rest? We will give you our two cents…and of course some Melissa jokes! Lol

Girl Chat Sports Episode 44 – Dedan Thomas

The ladies really enjoyed Episode 45 with Special Guest Natasha Gransberry. Its rare to find women that enjoy sports, let alone talk sports and TRAVEL for sports. Natasha does that and more!!! She is a die hard Houston Texans fan and founded theGransberry.com to have a place to bring Sports, Food and Fun and everything in between, while encouraging travel and new experiences both in the Sports arena and off. Natasha started PumpCleatsCouture as a fashionable place for sports talk mixing the best of fashion and sports! As women sports fans that have always found it hard to “hang with the guys” or have to constantly battle with the guys when in comes to sports discussions and groups, it was refreshing for Melissa and Steph to talk to someone with the same Passion and Love of Sports. That love and want to be able to share with other women and help encourage and teach them about the sport, led to Natasha writing, The Gransberry’s Gridiron Guide, where she helps explain the basics of football, rules, calls and terminology while also helping women with basic questions like traveling to games, the ins and outs of attending a live game and where to locate and purchase tickets. We are telling you this is ONE EPISODE you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!! The ladies also discuss the Las Vegas Raiders, Marshawn Lynch making a un-retiring, Tony Romo Retiring, how the NCAA Championships went, who is up for NBA MVP and the start of baseball season has begun. Along with the OOOH and AAHHH news for this episode. Don’t forget GirlChatSports is bi-weekly…we will be back April 22nd!!

Girl Chat Sports Episode 45 – Natasha Gransberry

In this Episode the ladies take small break from guests and have the show to themselves. The ladies take a look back at all the guests that have made 2017 a great year for Girl Chat Sports and all the new connections, friends and network of fabulous people!!! We hope to have each and everyone of you back again soon!!! Melissa is about to burst, the NFL regular season schedule is released Thursday at 5pm PST, and she is ready to start those plans for 2017-18 seasons games!! Steph gives us a NHL breakdown…as who would have guessed, its also playoff time for Hockey too!! Time to start learning and brushing up on the stick & puck so the ladies are ready for the Golden Knights here in Vegas this fall. Raiders are set for Las Vegas, and we discuss more updates on the Black and Silver and their new acquire, Mr. Bestmode himself…looks like Melissa may have one black and silver item in her closet…maybe… Some sad news in sports regarding Chyna Thomas, Isaiah’s Thomas sister, and how that may play a role in the Celtics 0-2 deficit to the Chicago Bulls. The ladies speak NBA Playoffs as well, some great performances and some memorable bloopers. Also we talk Aaron Hernandez…and how things change in a matter of days. Also, in Ugly news the Patriots had their visit to the white house, and wouldn’t you know those in attendance went down about 50% since their trip in 2015…hmmmm…wonder why…and the good news, Ms. Serena Williams and finance are expecting…get Melissa’s take on the “leaked picture” announcing her bundle of joy.

Girl Chat Sports Episode 46: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Ladies are always excited about having fellow sports fan females on the show, and this episode is no different! Nicole “Nik” Powell joins us, reppin’ the NYC and talking her love of sports and where her passion all began…not to mention what it feels like to be in front of an audience/arena of thousands!!! The sports and fitness blogger, self-proclaimed “Greatest Couch Color Commentator no one has ever heard of” chats it up with the ladies about the big BIG3 draft weekend, the upcoming WNBA season and who her picks are for NBA Champion and League MVP. And Steph and Melissa round out the show with more Cowboys and Seahawks team info, NFL Draft day and how many draft picks Melissa actually sat through…here’s a hint…ALL OF THEM. And the ladies share some heartfelt and interesting OOOOHs and AHHHHHs. Check it out, Share, Like, Comment and Follow! #girlchatsports #thesportystyle #NicolePowell #NYC #Seattle #NBA #WNBA #KelseyPlum #IsaiahThomas #UWHuskies #Knicks #Liberty #Brooklyn #JerseyGirl #Big3 #Big3Draft #AllenIverson #IceCube #NFLDraft #JohnRoss #BuddaBaker #Seahawks #Cowboys #LaVarBall #NBAPlayoffs #LasVegasRaiders #AdrianPeterson #JamalCharles #MarshawnLynch

Girl Chat Sports Episode 47: Nicole Powell of The Sportstyle

N The Zone For Week of 05-07-17

Posted in Basketball, Girl Chat Sports, Podcast, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2017 by A-Train

Girl Chat Sports and N The Zone: Vegas co-host Melissa Ferris joins the show to talk about the “Big 3” basketball draft that occurred in Vegas along with an update on their show with recent guest Nicole Powell of The Sportstyle.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Melissa Ferris of Girl Chat Sports 05-07-17

Cecelia Townes of Gladiathers and N The Zone: Atlanta returns to talk everything going down on her website. Keeping you updated on everything women in sports. Touching on Kentucky Derby, tennis, boxing and more.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Cecelia Townes of Gladiathers 05-07-17

We just can’t seem to go without Liquid Frosting CEO Brendolyn Marie as they discuss more on Mental Awareness Month. Suicide continues to be an issue that most people do not take seriously. So the convo continues on it and they get deep with some personal moments in their lives with family/friends that have ending their life to suicide.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Brendolyn Marie, CEO of Liquid Frosting 05-07-17

Author Tonya Rush joins “N The Zone” for the first time talking about her fictional writings. How she got started writing, why she loved writing, plus being on social media and how it has beneficial and a little crazy for her and her upcoming projects along with being a sports parent.

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An added bonus for your week as Stephanie Washington, the other half of Girl Chat Sports aka N The Zone Vegas talked about how she got acquainted with Girl Chat Sports, her Big 3 Draft experience that included meeting an NBA legend and her thoughts on former Cowboys QB Tony Romo heading into the analyst booth.

N The Zone SEASON 2 – Stephanie Washington 05-11-17

 

 

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