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What’s Better Than Duke Losing? Video of the Day

Most times I’ll hide my disdain for Duke. Not today. This is straight up filthy. My love goes out to Trevor Booker, my prayers go out to Kyle Singler and Brian Zoubek.

Goal of the Week? Year? Video of the Day

Don’t get spoiled, there probably won’t be a VoD every day. However, this Hagman goal is worth watching a couple times.

Dwiiiight! - Video of the Day

If you missed this during Sunday’s Raptor atrocity, you missed out. It’s pretty good. Unfortunately, it also shows you how low the Raps have sunk - this is now how top teams prepare to play against them.

Matt Millen Owned - Video of the Day

Pay close attention to the scroll along the bottom of the screen. I believe the term the kids are using is Pwnd.

Why I Do This - Video of the Day

A lot of people ask me why I would run a sports site. Well…like these guys, I like sports.

The ODC to Re-Launch February 2nd

Hey all,

Blake Murphy here and yes, I’m back again back again (what?) back again. I have come to an agreement with the operators of SportsBlogNet (the original purchasers of The ODC when I closed it down in the summer) to return with full control over the site. I’ll spare you administrative details, but I can proudly assure you this will be The ODC that you all remember and loved.

Monday is the unofficial re-launch date and we’ll have a lot of good post-Super Bowl sports content here to remind you just who we were…and who we are. So check back, start hitting us up on the regular again, and remember: real recognize real, and if you’re here, then you lookin’ damn familiar!

Much love,

Blake Murphy

Fun with Google Auto Complete: Kyle Orton Drunk

So I was searching Kyle Orton the other day in Google and something really funny happened.  Google now auto completes your searches for you and also gives suggestions based on what you are searching. When I searched for Kyle Orton, the first suggestion is “Kyle Orton Drunk”

More after the jump!

That Wasn’t Desean Jackson’s First Time, He Did it in High School Too

For those of you that missed it last night here is the completely idiotic play by Desean Jackson:

Unbelievably he did nearly the same thing in High School but it was even more idiotic:
More after the jump!

The On Deck Circle - Out Like Amaechi

“I’ma have to shut the studio down…” – P-Diddy
“It is ALL over!” – Mike Goldberg
“Game Over” – Lil’ Flip

I’m trying to make this thing as clichéd as possible. Unfortunately, this is not one of those funky new Rumor Mill things I’ve been doing.
The On Deck Circle is actually shutting down. With some degree of regret, I have battled with the decision for a few weeks now and decided it’s best if I just stop doing the site. While I have obviously not lost my passion for sports, I have lost my interest in writing about it with great frequency and maintaining the website. It takes more work than you’d think to edit and manage a staff of roughly 30 writers, all while trying to write your own work for a few different websites. It’s taxing, both in terms of time and mental state. Additionally, the site has made me less of a sports fan – not only is there less time available, but I sometimes dread reading/writing/watching sports because it has gotten to feel borderline like work. I know this sounds kinda cliché, but the one thing I’ve learned running the site the last 6 months is that I might not want a profession in sports like I thought…it may be best left as a passionate hobby. This is still unclear, but running the site and writing has most definitely hurt my enjoyment of sports.

I grew the site from nothing to a 1200+ hits per day site with 30 writers and nearly 100,000 hits in July. It’s pretty impressive and will hopefully make good interview fodder. Just thought I’d pat myself on the back there.

I need to seriously thank all 30-ish people who have wrote for the site from time to time. The amount and variety of writers is what made the site pretty unique, and I appreciate all the hard work you guys put into it. I love working with my friends in this type of capacity and appreciate your work.

This goes times infinity for Stu Wilkinson (who deserves his own Gary Roberts Wednesday he’s so underappreciated), Alex Jackson (the Hit Counter MVP) and Trevor Smith (the Post Quality MVP). These guys have shouldered the writing load mightily and made the whole experience much more enjoyable for me.

A special thanks to Tas and Skeets from The Basketball Jones, Ryne from Odenized/Slam, Ryan and Austin from Hoops Addict, Dennis from Live Media, Matt from Hardwood Paroxysm, and many more for their contributions to my evolution as a writer and site operator.

And a major thank you to anyone who ever read the site, provided feedback, told a friend, whatever…if you’re here or have been, thank you!

Before I sign off, I thought I’d pay homage to the articles with the most traffic in site history. Tip of the cap to these.

Top Traffic (1000 Hits or More)
1. Attractive Female Celebrities and Movies… by Alex Jackson

2. The History of the Finger Wag by Blake Murphy

3. French Open ‘Preview’ by Alex Jackson

4. The NBA: Where Summer Movie Mayhem Happens by Trev Smith

5. Cereal Mascots and Sports by Kabeir Dilawri

6. Derek Jeter’s Other Game by Alex Jackson

7. Sports Lyrics in Hip Hop by Blake Murphy

8. Wives and Girlfriends of Footballers by Alex Jackson

9. Moving Away from ESPN by Stu Wilkinson

10. The Wire and the MVP Race by Blake Murphy

11. Carnival of the NBA #56

12. Interview with Carl English by Blake Murphy

13. NBA Free Agency Salary Cap Guide by Blake Murphy

14. Unfinished Blog Ideas by Alex Jackson

15. Kobe Bryant – Hate It or Love It by Blake Murphy

16. The Sad Downfall of Lil’ Penny by Alex Jackson

17. UFC Has a New Opponent – Affliction by Blake Murphy

And my personal favorite of anything I ever wrote: Eric Hinske is Going to Kill You.

And finally…I felt the most appropriate way to end the site’s tenure was with a Video of the Day. I thought about Brett Favre’s retirement speech, or the Lou Gehrig speech, or the Jimmy V speech, or any number of other emotional retirement speeches. Instead, I found and settled on the greatest retirement speech of all time, and a fitting one at that.

Czar James? LeBron Makes Verbal Commitment to Russian Team

First an insider in LeBron James’ inner circle speculated that James would bolt from the Cavs and the NBA if the money were right, suggesting that a deal in the neighborhood of $50 Million/Yr would lure James to the Old Continent in the name of being a global icon (see: Billionaire). Now it has come to light that James has come to terms with EuroLeague regulars PBC CSKA Moscow for a two-year deal once his contract with Cleveland expires in two seasons. While official terms of the deal were not released, it has been suggested that James will be awarded $40 million a season, unlimited use of a private jet, a cameo in ‘Entourage,’ a date with Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova at the same time, the rights to the remains of Sputnik 1, a Bengal tiger, an iPhone, and the country of Tajikistan.

(From T-Smiggity)