Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:20 pm
 

Another Jordan Leaves The Wizards

Washington Wizards logo The Eddie Jordan Era is over

 

 
Now I for one had said something had to change, but not once did I ever think anything of this magnitude.  I think Eddie Jordan had been successful in his term with the Wizards.  Although there were consistent losses to the Cavaliers in the playoffs and no titles, E.J. was a pretty stand up guy.  My bulldog has this puzzled look on his face and I can't help but think Jordan has the same.  What does Guiness (My English Bulldog) have to do with basketball?  Well, absolutely nothing, but it concerns me to think that the same nothingness that concerns my pup; is the same thing Mr. Jordan is feeling at this very moment.

Can we say that the firing of the head coach is what will turn this franchise around this year? The answer is no, there is no way it gets better because the coach is gone.  It's not all the coaches fault; he is missing his big man Brendon Haywood and the superstar Gilbert Arenas.  In Jordan’s last three seasons with the Wizards he had a 45-26 record as long as Agent 0 was in the lineup (Along with the other starters, Caron Butler, Antwan Jamison and Stevenson).  So riddle me this Batman, how in the world is this fair?  It is ludacris (not the rapper) that the upper management doesn't see that with a healthy lineup this team is a threat in the East. 

Well folks there is no purpose in complaining or asking why now, it’s all over.  The man who coached the Wizards to 26 playoff games and received Coach of the Year consideration last year is now long gone.  Where do the Wizards go now?  They have the step in, for now at least, but in the future?  How will these guys respond to the dismissal?  Let us give a moment of silence for the bulldog puzzled man and leave you with an Eddie Jordan quote...

In regards to going 1-10,


"But again, I reiterated, we don't have losing habits. And that's a big thing for us. You respect the game. You play hard. You help your teammate. You protect your teammate. You play with confidence. You understand what the coaches are telling you, try to follow directions. We have all that. We just haven't won." - Eddie Jordan

The Wizards have three home games coming up, starting tomorrow against the Warriors.  The Warriors have not been the best team either, but the Wizards are like the Kansas City Chiefs of the NBA.  It should be very interesting to see how the leaders Butler and Jamison react and get their team ready for the game.  For the sake of the fans I hope they shape up, we all know the team is far more talented than they are showing.  Following the Warriors they have the Magic and the Hawks coming to town.  The opponents are a combined 23-17 so they definitely have their work cut out.  Butler in the midst of all has been having another all star type year and its going to take some Kobe or King like performances to get this squad over the hump. 


Josh Perry (L2408)

Posted on: November 20, 2008 12:39 am
 

Wizards miserable 9 games in

Washington Wizards logoThe Wizards have absolutely no Magic and I can't foresee any in the future.  Lets start with this...


"A team is built a certain way, fellas. This team is built for Gilbert Arenas to lead us. This team is built for our all star forwards to carry the wings for us, ok, and for the certain things that they do offensively for us, and for Brendan Haywood to have a career year manning the middle for us. We don't have those things. You know, you're asking people to do things that they're not capable of doing. They are not capable of carrying the load for us like a Dwayne Wade, like a Gilbert Arenas. You’ve got young guys who aren't going to make veteran plays night in, night out. They're going to be good here and there, so to be in the game is a credit to everyone in our organization right now." - Coach Eddie Jordan


Am I the only one hearing excuses here?  What happened when this same scenario went down last year Mr. Jordan?  Remember when Agent 0 went down for the same extended period of time (seems like forever now) and your team found a way to make it work.  Lets get one thing straight, Gilbert Arenas is a very good star, but I don't see the need for him being put in a sentence with Dwayne Wade.  That’s neither here nor there, what I am trying to get at is the fact that Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison had chemistry brewing last year.  They had enough significant play from the others around them and the chemistry was stronger than Dennis Rodmans and Carmen Electras (Not saying much, huh?). 


The most recent time the Wizards started off this bad was in 1999 and that team finished the season 29-53.  That’s definitely not going to get this team into the playoffs; even if the Eastern Conference is not the strongest.  Maybe when Brendon Haywood makes his return the team can get going a little more than they are now.  Is it too early to start questioning Eddie Jordans position as leader of this team?  Is this the end of the Wizards "potential dominance" in the East?  How long do we have to wait before we see Nick Young replace the very replaceable DeShawn Stevenson in the starting lineup?  If I am a Wizards fan and I am witnessing the abomination that is going on night in and night out I would be very unpleased.  Then again it’s only 9 games in and plenty can happen and change.  Maybe they make a mid season trade or this team just starts acting like they belong on the winners side.  Something needs to eventually give for Washington, well at least it better!


Stay tuned to the drama known as the Washington Wizards season.  - L2408 (J.Perry)

Posted on: November 6, 2008 8:16 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 8:20 pm
 

Wizards Sitting at 0-3

Washington Wizards logoRemember the old saying "it's never over till it's over"?  Well the Wizards better start remembering the phrase if the season continues to play out the way it has.  Now don't get me wrong I know it’s a very long season, but how long can you wait before the panic button begins to appear larger?  On a night that looked like the young team could be picking up their first win, all things that could go wrong most seemingly did. 

  • The Good


The Wizards were able to penetrate and get to the line, a matter of fact they got there 51 times in the game.  They had active hands in the game pulling away 12 steals and forcing a total of 19 turnovers.  The team looked pretty sharp through 3 quarters looking like they may have some momentum to continue into the fourth quarter and close out the game. 

  • The Bad


While Washington was able to force 19 turnovers they also managed to give up 20 themselves.  Any coach will always tell you in order to win the game you have to control the turnovers, well it’s a shame nobody told the Wizards this as those turnovers led to a whopping 33 fast break points.  The ball needs to move in order to be successful in basketball and the offense seemed to be moving towards more one on one play.  The Wizards had a total of 19 assists as a team compared to the Bucks 37. 

  • The VERY Ugly


The Wizards led the Bucks by 14 points with 9:58 to play in the fourth, which normally any good team could suffice with and hold off any run the opponent may potentially have.  On a night when the opposition was missing their primary star Michael Redd (ankle injury) all systems should have been a go.  However the Bucks had other thoughts, Richard Jefferson seemed to look full of energy that has not been shown for quite some time.  R. Jeezy (His new nickname I just decided) dropped 32 points and still got his team involved posting 9 assists.  The game stayed fairly close till the closing moments of the fourth quarter when the Wizards looked sure to get out of Milwaukee with a W.  Free throws, free throws win ball games (you’re told this at the pee wee level).  Shooting 66% from the free throw line, especially when most of those misses come when you’re trying to "ice" a game will definitely turn the results around.  Maybe B-rock should pay a visit to Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison this week and give them a motivational speech and teach them a thing or two about pulling off the win and making some history. To make matters worse the guy who misses the game winning shot comes back and revives the Bucks to win in OT.  The young rookie Luc Mbah a Moute (Say that three times fast) ha a good look as time expired to win the game, yet he clanked it off the iron.  Into overtime they went, a bran new ball game, a chance for making up a blown game.  In a night where Butler and Jamison played good games they could have stole one back on the road.  They didn't however, instead the first year player Moute stole the show. First the kid creates the double and makes a tremendous bounce pass to Andrew Bogut to get the first Bucks lea since the first half. Then came the overtime period and a fast break dunk from R.J. with 1:49 in overtime began the momentum shift.   Following a DeShawn Stevenson foul, the rook took one to the paint and scored an easy layup and continued to follow it with great defense on the other end forcing a missed shot by Jamison and took it down the court and drained a 12 foot J with only 37 ticks remaining.   That would seemingly put this game away giving the Bucks a 108-102 lead. 


The Wizards need to get something turned around an I may not be the only one thinking it, After the game Coach Eddie Jordan said this ""I'm trying to be loyal to NBA vets and the continuity theme, [but] I'm growing very impatient with it".  I guess the future is definitely undecided and only time will tell how this team rebounds its confidence.

Posted on: November 4, 2008 12:51 am
Edited on: November 4, 2008 6:39 pm
 

The Washington Wizards : Week 1

Washington Wizards logoThe Washington Wizards Week 1

Remember last post season when Soulja Boy was making his way through hip hop radios everywhere and all the boys and girls were doing the Superman.  I’m sure DeShawn Stevenson remembers it quite well, how could he not?  The attitude coming from the Wizards guard with taunts of LeBron James is overrated stirred in the atmosphere as the series began.  Well we all know how the story went and another year ended for Wizards basketball.  So many questions coming into this season presented themselves as people were anxious to see if Gilbert Arenas could ever coexist with the new leaders Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.  Well no one really has to worry about that as Agent 0 went down and had to have yet another surgery on the injured knee.  Can Arenas get back to form after missing 69 games last season and in my opinion only coming back to hurt the chemistry of the team in the playoffs?  Only time will tell how the once known superstar comes back... keep faithful Wizards fans as the Heat are beginning to see the value of patience with Dwayne Wade.  So let’s get into the Wizards basketball.
 
New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards


Not much was happening in the first week of NBA action for the Wizards as they only have played two games thus far both resulting in losses.  The season opener began with Nets coming into Washington.  Brendon Haywood was inactive as he is looking likely to miss the season after having surgery on his right wrist.  The Nets looked like a team on a mission on the first of many games to be played in Washington.  While there was some upside in the 95-85 loss, Six Wizards players scored in double figures but it was not enough to contain the surging Nets.  The two studs on the team shot a combined 9-29 for a whopping 27 points, the team as a whole shot 37% and only 67% from the charity stripe.  It seemed on a night where they had a chance to get the ugly taste of last years end the Wizards could do very little to get a consistent rhythm.  Etan Thomas starting and playing in his first game since April 30, 2007 had a decent night scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in pretty limited minutes in the starting role.  The Wizards finished the game winning the rebound battle, but turned the ball over 15 times and hit only 5 of 19 three point shots. 

Washington Wizards @ Detroit Pistons


"It was a big improvement from game one, and that's what we are looking for -- improvement," Jordan said. "I know we lost the game, but there were a lot of positive signs -- for us to score 109 points against a very good defensive team means we are making strides."


Now for me that sounds a bit like wishful thinking from Coach Jordan as once again his team was unable to contain a usually effective but not explosive Pistons offense.  Compared to game one I guess you can say this was definitely a vast improvement.  The offense seemed to be able to get a little more things accomplished and Butler and Jamison both put up 20+ points each.  Instead of getting into the game in detail I want to point out a young talent whom I think can definitely help this Wizards team... Nick Young, he stole the show from Stevenson putting up 23 points in 29 minutes including 11-11 from the free throw line.  If Young continues to shine look for him to gain more minutes or even steal the starting role from Stevenson.


I think with the antics DeShawn Stevenson pulled last year and his continuance to not really improve puts allot of pressure on the rest of the team.  When you think basketball and shooting guard you think scorer and while Stevenson can certainly decide to light it up on given nights he is certainly inconsistent and there is more negative to put up with than positive.   Stevenson was called for a flagrant foul in game 2 and deservedly so after pulling down Arron Afflalo by the neck in the second quarter.   Look for some changes and soon by Eddie Jordan with his teams’ state of mind and emotion.  There is just too much talent on this young team to continue to have struggles a first year team would have.


Posted on: October 30, 2008 10:01 pm
 

L2408 Power Rankings PartII

  1. Tha Jello Jigglers - You may say I am biased, but come one the team has the highest points output, beat one of the best teams You Still Dont Want It With Us and not to mention dethroned the only undefeated team last week Big Bs Bad Boys.  Although the team has lost two games they have beaten arguably the other top teams and have done so in pretty impressive fashion.  Total points puts the team at number 1.
  2. Big Bs Bad Boys - Other than a tough loss last week Brandons boys have torn up the game center with points upon points recently.  A great coach and risky game plays have made this team one to mess with.  The only thing that may cause concern is the fact the another main threat YSDWIWU has yet to face this team.  Another loss would definitely switch the two teams around. Look for some smart safe moves from the coach to try to secure a win against a tough team this week. 
  3. Chrisper & Crew - Oh me oh my, this team has made a boom in the fantasy football forum winning their last three games against very good opponents.  While the point total may be a little farther back than a team or two lower in the rankings does not mean this team will not catch up.  With new aquisitions this team can only improve.  You cannot overlook wins over TJJ and YSDWIWU not to mention have had a rough opening schedule.  Things shape up nicely for Chris' team as the season is half way through.
  4. You Still Dont Want It With Us - Hit a rough spot after going on a tear since losing the first game of a season, Bryans team bounced back with a solid win last week.  No major changes made for his squad, but has definitely taken a big hit with the Tony Romo project going down.  We all know Jessica is not the only one sad to see Mr. Romo hurt.  Times will get better in 2 weeks after the bye and look for the team to survive to stay afloat a tough division. 
  5. Where Am I - Winners of three in a row including a shocker against TJJ.  Paul "where am I" Sigler definitely played the part by missing tons of the beginning of the season with family things but since returning has definitely made his presence felt.  Only up 1 point from the team right below him, but good enough to grab the number 5 spot.
  6. No Forward Laterals - I think its safe to say when Brian Westbrook plays Andrews team is simply awesome.  Winners of two in a row one coming from an off and on Hawaiin giving thanks team(just kidding NH) have gotten the team sitting in an ok position midway through the football season.  Plenty to play and plenty more points for the Eagles runningback to score for NFW.
  7. Team 1 Large Hawaiin Thanks- 4-4? Who would have thought this would happen to one of the most active coaches in the league.. Morgan has hit a bad slump losing 3 in a row.  Plaxico Burress definitely plays a part in costing some points, but there must be other reasons for a drop off in production.  The upside on the team is they are fewer points back than the two teams above.  Why are they here you ask?  Because if things continue they are in grave danger of not being so point fortunate.
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  9.  Broncos _SOS and B100d Ballers - Now records are different and points are different but both teams are close to the same.  Lets put it this way BJs team has the better of the two records but Ryans Ballers are less points back from the leader.  The one thing Ryans squad has going for him is Clinton Portis is playing MVP like football and will continue to score for him... We are still waiting to say the same about Adrian Peterson for BJs team.
  10. Hoochs Hammers- They have won 2 games and one was against a solid C&F team.. the other against a winless team.  I think things could be better here for the Hooch but at least they shouldn't get any worse. 
  11. Lions - WHAT!!!???  Yes I did, although Jacobs team has yet to win a game he has definitely been very close in more than 4 occasions.  Its only a matter of time untill you start saying what the hell did I just lose to the Lions?  Not to mention the team actually is closer point wise than the last team on our list.
  12. The Elites - Well trade here and trade there hopefully will get a few points and a few wins before the season is over.  Nothing is over until its over.  Its a point system that can get you back in a minute just never give up!

Please comment them guys, otherwise why eveb write them...

Some questions you may want to ponder and reply

  • In your opinion who has the team to win it all?
  • Who has the best chance of turning things around?
  • Whos team looks like they plunge from top to bottom?
  • Best coach?
  • Best team name?
  • Most exciting game thus far?

If you got any more please add!

Posted on: October 27, 2008 11:21 pm
 

My Multiple Bills log

Marshawn Lynch

Beast mode seems inevitable in this kid.. the only problem is the Bills deciding to not continue to give him the ball.  Don't getme wrong Fred Jackson is a great change of back, but your featureack needs the ball to get some consistancy.  Look at Marion Barber and Felix Jones in Dallas.  The Cowboys "seem" to give the ball quite a bit to the rookie however The Barbarion is still touching the ball 20+ carries most games.  I am very dissapointed that on of our best players is not getting 20-25 carries a game.  Think about it Buffalo.. giv him the ball atleast 5 times a quarter and you get him 20 carries and I can guarantee you he breaks one and piles some good yardage.  Feed the Beast!

Fred Jackson

Now I still have love for the once practice squad rb.  He does come in a give the element of suprise.  He is a good reciever and a pretty solid blocker, but he is not the work horse of this team.  So instead of feeding him the ball three times inside the five you need to put the manwho rarely goes down after one hit and show him why you drafted him.

Trent Edwards

Keep your head up young man because you had probably if not the worst close to the worst of your young career.  The good thing is we still could have won this ball game.  Trent has a great work ethic and will more than likely watch the film from this game for hours on in and com out next week with purpose.  Up until ths point he has nothing but good praise and thats alldandy but lets see how our franchise qb steps up after what will be a week full of adversity. 

Langston Walker

If the O-Line doesn't start opening up some holes for our backs all of us Bills fans will be yelling with Langston!

 

We have plenty good things going for us, but to lose the first of three divisional games in not a good way to prove your for real.  Get back on the horse and get ready to hand Brett Favre and butt whooping back home in Rich Stadum. Go Bills!

Oh by the way Lee Evans you are making us all very proud to have you with us for another four years!

Posted on: October 16, 2008 10:34 pm
 

L2408 FF Power Rankings

I had this awesome thing written about everyone and everyones names were in it and it made you feel all warm and tingly, but you know how CBS likes to erase things without asking.. yeah well it does.  So once again I will go and kind of flirt with my original post.  The season started out on a tear.. Jacobs Lions lost the best quarterback in the game and one of the best scorers in FF.  Djs Elites had the first pick and who else would it go to other than LT..  so far not so good.  Some teams looked promising and just haven't gotten over the hump while others are out the gates to a roaring start.  Big Bs Bad Boys holds the undefeated mark, while Tha Jello Jigglers own the most points.  There is plenty chance for Andrew and Morgan to make quick strikes and claim the top.  The season is young and its had been fun so far.. Lets jump into this!

1.) Big Bs Bad Boys-  While the schedule may not be the toughest and the hardest team beaten sits with a 4-2 record.. Brandons Bad boys are undefeated and that alone will put you in the top spot.  Better watch out though with the next few weeks as a couple key games between the Jigglers and YSDWIDU may turn the tables a bit.  For now job well done.

2.) Tha Jello Jigglers- Out the gates the team hit four straight 100+ point games and had traded to get argusbly the best starting core in FF.  Josh's first loss came to an underacheiving bunch and Chrisper and Crew decided to come through this last week. Two huge players and bye led them to the loss but great start so far.  The next few weeks will determine how this team fairs.

3.) YSDWIWU - Bryan has his team rolling.. His only loss comes to Tha Jello Jigglers and thats nothing to hang your head about.  Since that opening game this team has won 5 in a row and looks to pick up its 6th facing C&C week 7.

4.) Team one Large Hawaiin Thanks - 4-2.. maybe with a few different moves like not benching Favre when he throws 6 tds puts this team a little higher.  Unfortunately thats what makes the game so great is great coaching.  Team one has plenty of threats on their side and does definitely look to continue to push through the top.

5 and 6 ) Broncos S.O.S and Where Am I - These two teams are a toss up. Both teams 3 losses have been to the teams in the top four.  If either has the edge I might give the slight nod to BJs bunch as he has complete offense that has yet to explode. Paul has a consistant bunch that continue to put points.  If Broncos players decide to play to potential the team can make top 4..

7.) Chrisper and Crew - Finds the seven spot with a huge win in week 6.  Chris' team has relied heavily on the play of Marion Barber and while so far he has come through we have to wonder how long it will be untill the blockbuster trade is made to get a little more consistant.( I think trades are done though?)

8.) No Forward Laterals - GFinding the 8th spot is the gritty team put together by Andrew.  Now we all have to think if Bryan Westbrook stays healthy the first 7 weeks how much better is this FF team?

9.) B100d Ballers - Well They take a good one against C&C but needed the Kicker to give the boost to close out the Lions.  Things could be worse but also they could be better..

10.) Hoochs Hammers- Well not much to go off of here.. 1 win through 6 games.  However he does have Peyton Manning who should get going into form along owning Roy Williams who is now a Cowboy should defintely boost morale!  Good luck and its possible.

11.) Elites - Well a tie keeps the team from hitting rock bottom.  Not sure whats going on in the situation.. its sad to see an active player struggle but plenty of season brings plenty of opportunity.  Get it going Elites.

12.) Lions - Well one knee ending season hit later Jacob has the most work to get going in this thing.  However Jacob is very active and I wouldn't doubt a few wins heading his way. 

Through 7 here they are.. critique it and wirte about it. 
Yours Truly ,
Josh P. (Lakers2408)

Category: Fantasy Football
Tags: Bills
 
Posted on: September 16, 2008 11:51 pm
 

Buffalo Bills : Looking forward FINALLY!

Buffalo Bills logo

So lets take a look at the upcoming weeks to the bye and the week after.

Week 3 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders logo

So this team has had plenty of its downs, but they have definitely added some hot young pieces for the future of their franchise.  While the head coach position is up in the air one thing that is not is the ability for this team to run the ball.  The passing game is not anything to exciting and nothing to worry to much about.  A win against the Cheifs in week 2 puts them a 1-1 however thats a temporary fix for a major situation in Raidazz land.  I think the Bills have shown they can handle powerfull running teams. (Jaguars)

My Prediction Bills 28 - 7  Bills 3-0 Raiders 1-2

Week 4 St. Louis Rams  St. Louis Rams logo

A team that was once built for bug plays wether it be through the air or running straight up the middle.  Since his injury Stephen Jackson has looked everything but himself not saying he doesnt have a big game ahead of him eventually.  Torry Holt will always be a dangerous reciever, but Marc Bulger has 2 seconds to get the ball out and his passes are less than stellar at this point.  The defense has alot of improving to do showing they are very vulnerable to big plays.  The Bills will come into this game looking to exploit this teams defense and move the ball around..  Marshawn will be able to run for some big plays as the Bills move on to another victory.

My Prediction Bills 35 - Rams - 10

Week 5 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals logo

This is probably the first real test the Bills will see since weeks 1 and 2.  Kurt Warner coming into the season looked good ending last season on a high.  Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are one of the best duos of wideouts the league has and are great at their own skills.  Edgerrin James has declined since the days with the Colts but still has the prescense(spell check) to make your defense stay grounded for the run.  The Cardinals defense has improved overall although they have more to grow on.  A tight one that could end up in a shoot out the Bills will control the clock with their tandum of Mr. Beast mode and Fred Jackson

My Prediction Bills 28 Cardinals 24

Week 6 Bye

At this point if all is lived up the Buffalo Bills could be 5-0 for the first time in a very long time.  Sitting on a record like that after 5 games would very much help the chances of going to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 when they lost on a forward pass. (bitter)

One step Further... Week 7 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers logo

What do you have to say about this team?  Great offense, Great defense.. Picked by many to be superbpowl contenders.  Going into week 3 this team is 0-2 but could easily be 2-0.  Losing on a last second pass by the Panthers and a complete blown call by Hochuli against the Broncos they have dropped two.  LaDanian Tomlinson is dealing with a nagging toe injury and Antonio Gates is still bugged from his from last year.  Phillip Rivers has played very well given the situation and Chris Chambers has produced some big plays.  If the Bills manage to get to 5 -0 and have the extra week to prepare they have a legitimate shot at putting the bolts down, but it would one hell of a performance to pull it off.  The Bolts do have to come in to Rich Stadium for this one though and the elements of changing weather may help the Bills. 

No Prediction on this game

Lots to look forward to in Buffalo Land! Go Bills lets Billieve

 

 

 
 
 
 
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