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V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
Dallas traded up to take cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth pick.

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NFL Draft, Bulls lose Rose, Clippers shock the Grizzlies

NFL Draft Recap

While some football fans think the NFL Draft resembles the male version of “America's Next Top Model,” most cannot contain their excitement whenever they see the commissioner give his awkward handshake to the new recruits of the league.

The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins took the suspense out of their first two picks in selecting Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (respectively), but the draft still contained some surprises. Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert chose to overhaul the offense by selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round. Current Browns starting QB Colt McCoy showed some promise last season, but the Browns needed to make some power moves to make sure they’re no longer an afterthought. Another surprise was the Dallas Cowboys moving to sixth pick of the first round to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Even though the Cowboys had to give up 14th and 45th overall picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a necessary sacrifice to ensure Dallas improve its much-criticized defense.

As for the University of New Mexico, no Lobos were selected in the draft, but three defensive players have signed free-agent deals to play at the next level. Leading the pack is Carmen Messina, who shockingly wasn't selected but signed a contract with the improved Detroit Lions. All-Mountain West safety honorable mention Bubba Forrest was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive end Jaymar Latchison used Twitter to state he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers.

NBA Playoffs

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia Sixers

Everything was working perfectly for the Chicago Bulls in game one against the Philadelphia Sixers. The Bulls bench was performing well and the starters were showing why they were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose's triple double was almost in sight with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then the unthinkable happen: Rose drove in the lane and tore his ACL. Pain and fear was written all over Rose's face as he was helped to the locker room. The Bulls went on to win game one, 103-91, but it seems their title hopes have all but disappeared. An 18-9 record without Derrick Rose in the regular season means Chicago has reacted well without their captain. Now its up to Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton to step up and prove the Bulls are still a serious threat to win the title.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

It was a party in Memphis as the Grizzlies had a dominate 27-point lead in game one. With the Clippers down by 21 in the fourth, head coach Vinny Del Negro removed point guard Chris Paul from the game. But Paul pleaded with Del Negro for one more shot to at least gain a moral victory. Instead, Paul had seven assists and hit two clutch free throws to take a 99-98 lead with 23.7 seconds left. Rudy Gay had a chance to be the hero but missed a fade-away jumper to give the Clippers the stunning victory. Now Los Angeles has stolen home court and the momentum of the series. To make matters worse, rumors have now heated up regarding tension between Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies have tons of potential and have good fundamental skills to make a respectable run in the playoffs. But if they can't put a stop to their issues, the Clippers will embarrass the Grizz.

V.20 No.16 | 4/21/2011

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NBA Playoffs 2011


Whoever said the first round of the NBA Playoffs are boring, they are eating a lot of crow right now as opening weekend delivered upsets and game winning shots.

Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers


Many believed the No. 1 seeded Chicago Bulls weren't a legitimate threat to win the title. Perhaps the 37-point performance by leading MVP candidate Derrick Rose may turn doubters into believers. Game one witnessed the No. 8 seeded Indiana Pacers control the majority of game despite being huge underdogs. But playoff inexperience cost the Pacers with Rose hitting clutch shots to steal the victory 104-99. Chicago hopes to make game two less dramatic and take a 2-0 lead tonight.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets


Despite the Lakers losing streak to end the regular season, no one truly expected the New Orleans Hornets to win a match up—let alone at the Staples Center. In order to spring the upset, the Hornets needed an entire team effort, especially because David West season ending injury. Chris Paul stepped up and put on a performance that would make even Derrick Rose jealous with 33 points and 14 assists. The 109-100 victory gives the Hornets home court and hope of creating one of the biggest upsets in the history of playoff basketball.

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks


The Celtics have heard it all before: they're old, injured and not supposed to win. But Boston continues to ignore critics and make one last playoff run. The Knicks were coming off their best season in years and have high playoff expectations. The Celtics were behind the majority of the first half but pulled into the lead in the fourth quarter. The game was close, but the Knicks took bad shots and gave Boston a chance to win. Ray Allen moved off a screen and hit a game winning three pointer to take game one 87-85. Along with losing, New York now has to deal with an injury to star point guard Chauncey Billups. If Billups can't play, Boston should dominate the rest of the series.

V.19 No.21 | 5/27/2010
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NBA Playoffs

Welcome to the playoffs, Amare Stoudemire. Granted, Stoudemire put up big numbers in earlier rounds of the playoffs, but he had yet to have a game like this. The all-star grabbed 42 points and 11 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns defeat the Los Angles Lakers,118-109. Even Brooke Lopez had 20 points in game three, giving the Suns a chance to make the Western Conference finals interesting. On Saturday, the Orlando Magic looked like they wanted a early vacation because they basically didn't show up for game three against the Boston Celtics. The 94-71 Celtics' beatdown was perhaps spawned by Ray Allen's dunk over Dwight Howard in the beginning of the first half. Let's hope the Magic at least make game four competitive, or else this could be the most lopsided playoffs series in history.

LeBron Watch

This just got a lot more interesting as even President Obama presented his sales pitch to get James to the Chicago Bulls. Obama should be pleased as ESPN believes Chicago is James' the most likely destination. ESPN also says Lakers coach Phil Jackson could come with James if Los Angles cuts his salary. With former Cleveland coach Mike Brown getting his walking papers today, how does this affects James' decision to stay or leave? Brown failed to snag a championship for James but still was a decent coach by pulling the Cavs from a scrub team to NBA powerhouse.