Archive for January, 2008

The Raptors in February

The Raptors were expected (by me) to go 9-4 or 8-5 over the month of January. What actually went down was the latter, 8-5, though not in the manner I had expected. We posted the shocking win over the Celtics and preceded it with an uninspiring loss to the 76ers on the road, a true snapshot of 2008 thus far. To start the month we lost a winnable game at home against Cleveland (LeBron dropped 24 in the 4th) but threw together three impressive wins including a double overtime showdown against the Blazers. The second ugly loss to the Pistons of 2008 was followed by wins over improving teams in the Kings and Hawks. Enter said loss to Philly and the big win over Boston, and then a 31 point victory over the hapless Bucks. To end the month, we split a pair in a rare home-and-home on back-to-back nights with the comparable-to-us Wizards as anticipated, capping the month with an uplifting 39 point win.
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Five Things I Learned from the Australian Open

This article has been submitted by Deven Hiscock with a big assists from tennis exper/Federer fan Dustin Hiscock.

After an exciting two weeks of tennis it is now time to reflect on what we have learned from this year’s Australian Open. Coming into the Open it was clear that Roger Federer was the clear favorite on the men’s side of the draw, as he was attempting to win his thirteenth career Grand Slam title and third Aussie Open in a row. On the women’s side of the draw it was not so clear cut with a legitimate number one favourite, but names such as Henin and Williams and were expected to claim the first Grand Slam of the season.
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Santana Out, Bedard Next?

This article has been submitted by Jack Forsayeth.

Everyone in the American League let out a major league sigh of relief when they heard that Santana was off to the National League’s New York Mets. The most excited of these fans should be the Blue Jays faithful because for a long time it looked as though the two-time Cy Young winner was on his way to either the Red Sox or Yankees. All three teams put up extremely impressive packages of prospects, and in my opinion the best came from the Yanks, but I think the kicker for Minnesota was getting him out of their playoff competition.
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Back to the Futures: An Early Look at MLB World Series Odds

This article has been submitted by baseball enthusiast and handsome devil Erik Arnold.

A disclaimer: I have never laid a futures wager in my life.

Like many of you, I’ve cashed my fair share of Pro-Line tickets and even tested the waters with a few bucks at an online book; however, I’ve never had the patience to lay a futures bet and wait 6 months for it to turn out. Nonetheless, here’s my attempt to handicap every team’s odds to win the 2008 MLB World Series.

You can check out all of the real odds here, though they are temporarily down as the site adjusts for the two looming trades (Bedard and Santana).
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Pugilistic Prophecies: UFC 81 Preview

This article has been contributed by Mixed Martial Arts Specialist Kyle Norton, who uses a wealth of knowledge of the sport and practical training experience to break it down.

The card for Saturday’s UFC 81 broadcast is as follows:
Frank Mir Vs. Brock Lesnar
Tim Sylvia Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Jeremy Horn Vs. Nathan Marquardt
Ricardo Almeida Vs. Alan Belcher
Gleison Tibau Vs. Tyson Griffin
Tim Boetsch Vs. David Heath
Marvin Eastman Vs. Terry Martin
Keita Nakamura Vs. Rob Emerson
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The Birdman Flies Again

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings” – James Matthew Berry

On Janury 25, 2006, Chris Andersen was found to be in violation of the substance abuse policy set forth in the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBA Players’ Association. On March 20, 2006, an arbitrator upheld the ruling, and the man who had affectionately come to be known by fans around the league as The Birdman was suspended for two seasons.
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Novak No Djoke

Note: This article has been submitted by new OnDeckCircle writer Jack Forsayeth. I also wanted to point out that his highly self-indulgent website, novak-djokovic.com is quite the laugh.

Early Sunday morning Novak Djokovic proved to the tennis world that there are now three serious players on the ATP tour. The 20 year-old Serbian star beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the finals of the Australian open 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 and marked the first grand slam victory by a man not named Nadal or Federer in the last three years. Tennis fans all over the world should be excited to see some new talent on the court and should look forward to some great young rivalries brewing between Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic for several years to come.
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A Running Diary of the NHL All-Star Game

Note: This article was submitted by a very angry/bored/bitter Paul O’Neill. It is a bad sign that our hockey expert seemingly hates hockey.

Yeah I know what you’re thinking, who the hell would want to sit through an entire NHL all-star game, never mind care enough to blog it. Well, I’ve just made cup of tea, put in some laundry, hopped into my pajamas and it’s game time esse. Since I refuse to do any readings before finals and am currently girlfriendless, I really actually have nothing better to do besides cry myself to sleep and watch bad hockey.

6:26 – Opening face-off, and before I can think of anything funny to say or find something to rip on, Rick Nash scores 12 seconds in unassisted. Hey Rick, remember last year? Score in games that matter you fantasy point sucking tool.
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Mano e Mano, Kobe and LeBron

Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers was more than just a game. ABC pushed it as such, ESPN.com pushed it as such, and now, TheOnDeckCircle.net is pushing it as such as well. It wasn’t Lakers vs. Cavaliers so much as it was Kobe vs. LeBron, a clash of two superstars and a clash of basketball fans everywhere.

Where you stand on the Kobe or LeBron debate really doesn’t say much about you as a basketball fan, as much as I’d love to be able to push this discussion as something divisive and controversial. But “LeBron or Kobe” really is an interesting decision fans have to make. You just can’t sit on the fence and concede that they are the two best players in the league, based on talent and performance. So where do you stand?
LeBron or Kobe?
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My Top 10 SuperBowl Moments

Note: This article has been submitted by Deven Hiscock.

This is my list of top ten SuperBowl moments and memories in my mind. These are all images, thoughts, and games that come to my mind when I hear the word SuperBowl.
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