Surge Crush…The Crush

Posted in Basketball, Sports, St. Louis Surge with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2016 by thelegendkil

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The St.Louis Surge showed no signs of rust after having the previous weekend off due to Independence Day, winning convincingly 95-72 over the Cleveland Crush. Every single Surge player got a chance to play in the game and also get into the box score. Shanity James led the Surge with 13 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds, Jaleesa Butler and Michala Johnson also helped lead the Surge offensive attack scoring 12 points a piece. Starting point guard Rebecca Harris played limited minutes as head coach Tony Condra wanted to give her some much needed rest for the stretch run. Jenny Rocha, a Lindenwood University graduate, logged plenty of minutes running the point and she is showed off her ability to push the ball up the floor and is a very nifty passer. She is definitely a pass first type of player and an ideal fit for a team that really loves to get out and run off missed attempts at the other end of the floor.

The Cleveland Crush had moments where it looked like it might become a contest. Guard Porsha Poole put up 22 points and Taylor Ruper had 20 points for the Crush. Poole made several acrobatic shots and is no slouch with her game offensively. However, on defense the Crush pretty much imploded. And their head coach James Lacy told me prior to the game that his team lost its last game on the road by 10 points because of poor rebounding. Not only did the poor rebounding continue, there were breakdowns on defense and at times it looked like the Surge was having a conga line to the basket for a layup. And I was even more surprised that Poole was left sitting on the bench at the start of the second half and she was one of their best offensive players and the only one creating problems for the Surge in the first half of the game.

Despite those events happening in the game, Surge coach Tony Condra paced the sidelines, constantly checking the scoreboard as if the massive 30 point lead halfway through the final quarter would disappear. Condra was happy after the game about the win, yet was still unhappy about some things he saw. Typical head coach right? The Surge next game is coming up this Saturday at 1:05 pm against Kansas City, tickets are still available. For post game interviews of the St.Louis Surge go to @NTZNetwork on Twitter.

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Sam Bradford: The Complaining Thief

Posted in Eagles, Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by thelegendkil

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With the arrival of the NFL draft approaching, there has been no let down when it comes to wheeling and dealing by teams looking to inject something positive into their franchise with a game changing player. Last week the Los Angeles Rams traded their first round pick (Number 15), two second round picks (43 &45), a third round pick (76), and the Tennessee Titans will get Rams first and third round picks in 2017. That’s what the Rams gave up for the number one overall pick in the draft. This will mark the second time the Rams have picked number one overall since 2010.

And in 2010, while the Rams where still residing in St.Louis, they decided to draft Sam Bradford with that pick.  That pick failed to live up to the hype of an elite quarterback, with the former Heisman winner receiving a 6-year, $78 million dollar contract ($50 million of it guaranteed). Bradford was just a tease, he had all the tools to make himself one of the best in the NFL, but he lacked the most important ingredient any football player should have – and that’s heart.

He was coddled by the press – and it got worse when Jeff Fisher became head coach in 2012. But last year, in an unexpected twist, Bradford was dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles. Fisher was perturbed that Sam Bradford wouldn’t take a pay cut, especially after several other veterans did so. Most thought that once Sam Bradford got away from the Rams his star would rise and he would prove naysayers wrong.

And boy he did over achieve. He went 7-7 as a starter for the Eagles putting his career record at a “dazzling” 25-37-1. A “eye-popping” winning percentage of .405, yet he bolstered 19 TD’s with 14 interceptions and 3,725 passing yards. His career totals are 78 TDs/52 INTs and 14,790 yards. These are some of the most deceiving numbers you’ll see a starting QB have without taking one single snap in the playoffs.

Now Sam Bradford is demanding a trade from the Eagles. Just a month ago they signed him to a two year deal for $35 million, with 22 of it being guaranteed.  This is happening all because the Eagles, just like the Rams, made a huge deal with the Cleveland Browns to land the number two pick in this year draft.

The Eagles traded (No.8) pick and fourth round pick this year – and traded away first round pick in 2017 and second round pick in 2018. The Eagles will more than likely use that pick on a QB.

Philadelphia Eagles Executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman is quoted in an ESPN.com story by Phil Sheridan as saying “Let me be clear. Sam Bradford is our starting QB. We told him that.” Not that it mattered to Bradford. He threw a tantrum and is now demanding a trade. Talk about entitlement – this guy has the gall to throw a fit because the Eagles want to draft a QB with the second pick.

He should be doing all types of praise dancing after stinking up the Edward Jones Dome for four years, getting traded and collecting every penny of that rookie contract – only to have the Eagles gift wrap an additional 22 million guaranteed. He’s never had to fight for a job as the starter his entire career, and he can’t even handle competing against either Carson Wentz,  Jared Goff or former Missouri Tigers QB Chase Daniel. We are seeing the real guy now and it’s more than unflattering.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Eagles feel blindsided by Bradford’s trade request. “Too much dead cap $11m if they trade him before June 1 Broncos and Jets seem good spots though #NFL #shutUpSam,” says longtime Philadelphia radio host Phil Allen (now program director for 98.5 FM and contributor to NTheZone), said via Twitter.

That was about the cleanest tweet I could find coming out of the city of Brotherly Love.

Sam Bradford has fooled us all for years. He’s managed to get over 100 million playing a shade over .400 football, no playoffs and shaky health.

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