Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Back from the head as for Luongo the jury is out

Since the Vancouver Canucks decided to start Cory Schneider for game six (which Chicago still won) does that mean the Avs can trade for Luongo now?

Seriously, the Avs got the cap space and aren't in a position to bench Peter Budaj so Luongo is pretty safe.

We have two first round picks though I'd like to keep them to get a power-forward, a scoring winger or a giant defensemen the Avs need a goalie more than anything.

Yeah trading an awesome goalie within your division probably not going to happen, but the Canucks were stupid enough to bench him in the first place.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Counter-views on Carmelo Anthony

I have never been a big fan of Carmelo Anthony or the NBA within the last ten years for many similar reasons. I will confess that many of these are not entirely rational. The problems with the NBA (and personified by Melo) in my view are rather numerous:

  • Too much emphasis on star players
  • Not enough passing or defense
  • Fouls being called to frequently
  • Lack of consistency in player line-ups
  • Lack of competitive balance

I used to watch NBA game religiously from when I was as old as I can remember to a few years ago. Now, I much rather watch college basketball because the games are more interesting and competitive. I find myself frequently bored with the NBA, while I have never watched a college game that I found boring.

I watch the occasional Nuggets game because I find Chauncey Billups and Chris Anderson interesting players who play fundamentally sound, unselfish basketball. I also find them interesting personalities and Billups is a Denver native.

Unfortunately, these arguments are rather "fan based" and not entirely rational. I'm sure people more knowledgable about basketball have great counter-arguments. Charley Rosen writes in my opinion the best sports columns and one of the reasons why I even watch basketball.

Needless to say, Fivethirtyeight, which I reference a lot in my political blog , wrote an interesting piece on Carmelo Anthony that is well worth the read. In the end, I might like Melo or the NBA in general but basketball is still a great sport.

Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL in London

Since the Broncos are in London and league expansion is always one of my favorite subjects, it is time for me to comment on why the NFL plays in London.

I am not necessarily against the idea of play a game in London, but I much rather the NFL play games in Canada, Las Vegas, or Mexico than in the UK. It is more feasible for the NFL to actually expand into Canada or Mexico than into the UK. Travel cost is a concern plus Canadians already have a better understanding of American football. Additionally, the US has a rapidly growing Mexican/Latino population. I'm actually very surprised how few Latino football players are in the NFL.

Secondly, what about Vegas or Los Angeles? There still isn't a football team in America's second largest media market. Let's send the financially struggling Jaguars to LA and have the Pro Bowl in Sin City.

I'm not against the NFL playing in London or Europe but let's send them the preseason and focus are efforts in the right hemisphere. The NFL is lagging at home will its pushing for expansion aboard.

And don't even get me started on a possible lock out or the fact that the Broncos are just plain terrible.

Here's another take on London:
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=26a277a4-aa65-4d17-8eb7-c92d66fff99f" target="_new" title="">Marvez Minute: London Calling</a>

Friday, September 17, 2010

Looking forward to hockey season!

I'm back! Sorry but this off-season for hockey has been boring and I really shouldn't be talking too much about baseball since its a conflict of interest.

But, with hockey season just around the corner, its time to get back into the swing of things.

First, I have my fantasy hockey draft this Sunday where I will look to defend my hard earned title from last season. I will be writing a lot about my fantasy team just to give ya'll an interesting topic to continuously update.

As always, I will be following the Avs very closely and to a lesser extent the NHL as a whole.

Other than that, here's a few predictions for next season:

Avs will finish eighth will be eliminated in six by Chicago.
Chicago and Washington will finsh first in the there conferences.
New Jersey and Vancouver will meet in the finals with the Devils winning in 6.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interesting News that Could Effect the Next NFL CBA

The Green Bay Packers put out a financial report that give owners some evidence to support their case for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The problem with sports teams in building evidence for financial restructuring is they don't make their financial reports public. That is their right as privately held business, but since they deal with the public (and the public pays for their stadiums) it is in there interest to make these reports public.

It would go a long way to ending a CBA war that could cause a giant game of chicken, known as the lockout. However, the NHL shows a owners inevitable victor will be rather Pyrrhic.

Luckily, since the Packers are a rare public sports team the owners have an argument to make.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Random ramblings on Hockey, Baseball, NBA, and soccer

World Cup was awesome France found Karma. Spain deservedly won. Uruguay and Germany made things interesting. Only bad side horrible calls against the US.

I still don't understand why the Avs aren't interested in Kovie. I mean we really really need a guy that can score on left wing. Also what is taking Ilya so damn long. Lebron made up his mind faster.

Rockies are doing awesome! 9 runs in the bottom of the 9th. That was fun. (I'm a Rockies employee so that's all I'm going to say).

Mariner's pulled off a great trade with the Rangers for Cliff Lee. Probably wouldn't be in this situation if they signed Torrealba and Bay while passing on Griffey and Bradley but life isn't perfect. My only concern is Lee was traded in the division and he might actually stay there. That would be terrible.

Screw the NBA. Basketball is a great sport ruined by bad personalities, selfishness, stupidity and anti-competitiveness. Watch out NFL. Learn the lessens from the NBA and to a lesser extent the NHL when the collective bargaining agreement comes up.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Jeff Carter? Kovie?

In my opinion the Avs had three big problems last year:

1) Lack of a consistent point-a-game type of player
2) Giving up too many shots
3) Overworking Anderson

Avs have a lot of work heading into this season. Obviously the Avs already have Anderson and Budaj so the only real solution to B is just play Budaj more often.

Not too much the Avs can do about 2. Maybe sign a defenseman but the Avs already have six guys and a ton of prospects on D.

So the best way to go is grab one or two guys who can score a lot. My answer would be Jeff Carter and Kovie. The Avs have the cap room. Philly is desperate to get rid of cap space. Kovie will score a point-plus per game. If the Avs want to be cheaper than go for Sharp. Chicago needs cap space but not so much after ripping off the Thrashers.