Chris Johnson played all 6 years of his career in Tennessee, accumulating 7,965 yards and 50 TDs on the ground. (AP photo) 

Chris Johnson played all 6 years of his career in Tennessee, accumulating 7,965 yards and 50 TDs on the ground. (AP photo) 

One of my favorite running backs has found himself a new home. CJ2K and the New York Jets agreed to a 2 year deal worth up to $9 million. The base value of the deal is $8 million and has an extra $1 million in incentives. I think this was a great pickup for the Jets who have already made some major moves this off-season. Even though Chris Johnson is a 2,000 yard rusher, people have seem to forget how good of a running back he is and I blame that on Tennessee. Trying to follow the trend of having a "Franchise QB", the Titans forgot they had a franchise running back in CJ. Since 2008, only Adrian Peterson (8,774 yards) has accumulated more yards on the ground, but CJ has been more effective in the passing game. 

This will be a new beginning for Johnson, who has been on a decline in the past three seasons. Even though he has rushed for a 1,000 yards each of those season, his average yards per carry hit a career low last season, 3.9. You can blame that on the fact that he was the Titans' only offensive threat, with no QB, so teams could easily stack the box on him. Now with Michael Vick under center, a quality receiver in Eric Decker, and Chris Ivory as his spell back, Johnson will not have all the weight on his shoulders. I'm curious to see how many people will have the Jets as their AFC favorite.  


(courtesy of nbaplayoffsbracket.com)

(courtesy of nbaplayoffsbracket.com)

Well folks, we finally know what the 2014 NBA playoffs will look like. The Grizzlies and Mavericks gave us an appetizer, playing for the 8th and 7th seed in the West. Grizzlies won 106-105 in overtime, claiming the 7th seed. I don't know which team got the better bargain because you either have to deal with Kevin Durant or the Spurs, both of which are on a mission. If I had to choose though I would say the Mavericks are better off with the 8th seed because they match up better with the Spurs than the Thunder. The thing about the Spurs is you have to play perfect team basketball because that's what they are going to do, not to mention defense. I think this will be a very entertaining playoffs none the less. 

Eastern Conference 1st round predictions: 

  • Pacers over Hawks 4-1
  • Heat over Bobcats 4-1 
  • Nets over Raptors 4-2 
  • Bulls over Wizards 4-2

Western Conference 1st round predictions: 

  • Spurs over Mavericks 4-2 
  • Thunder over Grizzlies 4-0 
  • Clippers over Warriors 4-1 
  • Blazers over Rockets 4-3 

If KD don't win the MVP, I think I might be done with the NBA. To cap off a magnificent season, KD dropped 42 points against the Pistons, 21 in the 4th quarter, and the game winning dunk to seal the game and the #2 seed in the West. Let the playoffs begin. 


Tanaka has been nothing short of impressive so far in his inaugural season in the MLB. The 25 year old Japanese pitcher has struck out 28 batters in his first 3 starts, 3rd highest since 1900, Stephen Strausburg has the highest with 32 back in 2010. Tanaka claimed his second win of the season pitching 8 innings against the Cubs, striking out 10 and only giving up 2 hits. Some thought the cold weather in the northeast would effect him, but 43 degree weather with 15 MPH winds did not phase him. The pitch that has batters looking stupid is his split-fingered fastball. 

This is what Cubs manger Rick Renteria had to say

That split is not something you want to sit on. It's not something you're going to be able to handle, but, as it was coming out of the hand, as the guys were coming in, they were saying, `Gosh, it looks like a fastball. It ends up diving."

Tanaka next start will more than likely be Sunday vs. the Rays. 


NHL Playoff results: 

(courtesy of NHL.com)

(courtesy of NHL.com)

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(courtesy of NHL.com)

The NCAA announced today that student athletes will now have unlimited meal plans. This is the end result from when Shabazz Napier told the media that he go to sleep starving some nights, which created a major uproar. The only problem I have with this is, this should have already been available for student athletes. The NCAA seen this as an opportunity to extinguish the "pay the players" fire but I don't think this is the end of it. I'm still against paying the players but this is a step in the right direction of taking better care of these athletes. 

For the 1st time in his career, Carmelo will be a free agent, which may not be a good thing for his reputation, especially with the fans of New York, if he decides to leave NY. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

For the 1st time in his career, Carmelo will be a free agent, which may not be a good thing for his reputation, especially with the fans of New York, if he decides to leave NY. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

What has been a tumultuous season, finally comes to an end for Melo, as a MRI showed that he has a torn labrum, ending his 2013-14 campaign. Even though the Knicks struggled, this was a great season for Melo individually. He stepped on the defensive end and posted a career best for rebounds per game (8). People speculate that Melo will leave, most see him going to the Bulls, but I don't think he is going anywhere. He wanted to play in New York and I just don't see Melo as the player to run away from a bad situation. I get upset when people make it seem like he was a disgruntled player in Denver but he played hard every night and never took his riff with Denver's front office to the media. When asked about the situation, he continued to say, "I'm just going to play hard and let everything fall in place". With Phil Jack in the front office, I'm sure he will convince Melo to stay in the Garden. 

Coach Calipari was all over the ESPN campus and shows today, talking about how he manage his most recent group of young cats, promoting his book, and the 1-n-done rule. Surprisingly, Calipari is against the rule, which is funny when you think about it. Since 2008, Calipari has coached 13 players that entered the draft after their freshman season, two which were #1 picks (Derrick Rose 08', Anthony Davis 12'). Since he has been at Kentucky, he has recruited the best players in the country, and at least 3 of them leaves after 1 season. These kids come to Kentucky because Calipari has a track record of getting kids drafted after 1 season of college basketball. I find it hard to believe that Calipari is not a supporter of the 1-n-done rule, that has made him one of the hottest coaches in college basketball. 

Jackie Robinson signed his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 10th 1947. (AP Photo)

Jackie Robinson signed his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 10th 1947. (AP Photo)

April 15th, also known as "Jackie Robinson day" has fell upon us once again, marking thew 67th anniversary of the day he broke baseball's color barrier. I commend the MLB for how they pay homage to one of the most influential athletes in sports history, by having every player wear the number 42. For one day out of the season only 1 number matters, and its been that way since 2007. 

  • 5 games were postponed because of Rain. 
  • Pirates and Reds played a doubleheader, finishing their 10 homer game from Monday that was delayed in the 6th inning. Pirates would win that game 8-7 but loss the second 5-7. The 10 Home Runs are the most ever in The Great American Ballpark 12 yearhistory. 
  • Royals defeated the Astros 4-2. 
  • White Sox defeated the Red Sox 2-1 thanks to an error in the 9th inning by Xavier Bogaerts. Bogaerts didn't make a good throw but Mike Napoli replacement,(left game with dislocated finger) Mike Carp, couldn't scoop the ball at 1st base. Today was also the 1 year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 4 people and injured 264. 
  • The Marlins defeated the Nationals, 11-2. Stephen Strausburg had a horrible day, pitching 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, and 450 foot home run to Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton also had 5 RBIs on the day. 
Micheal Phelps during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo) 

Micheal Phelps during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo) 

Michael Phelps retired after the 2012 London games, saying he did not want to swim into his thirties but the most decorated Olympian of all-time will compete in his first meet in almost 2 years April 25-26 in Mesa, Arizona. Phelps trainer, Bob Bowman, had on a phone interview with the Associated Press and basically said Phelps just want to "Test the waters". I don't think this is a full comeback but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned it to one. By time the 2016 Rio games roll around, Phelps will be 31, which in Olympic years is old as dirt. Can he still compete with swimmers 10+ years younger than him? Of course, he has 18 gold medals but can he still be dominate is the real question. In the 2012 London games, Phelps did look beatable and didn't dominate the field like he did in 2008.  Will he make a full comeback out of retirement? We'll have to wait and see but I'm sure the fans wouldn't mind seeing him in the water one more time. 

I must admit I am very surprised about this now "1-n-done Alum" because I actually thought he was going to stay. Aaron Gordon will forgo his sophomore season and enters the NBA draft. Of course Gordon is known for being apart of this great freshman class, but I do not see NBA talent in him, not yet. I think he is still premature offensively and hasn't developed a game. The one thing he is great at is dunking the ball. He has great potential but his game still needs more improvement. He reminds me of Blake Griffin, very athletic with crazy jumping ability but raw talent. Gordon will be a lottery pick, somewhere between picks 6-10. Hopefully for his development he'll go to a team with a good coach and point guard to feed him the ball. 

The Ogwumike, Chiney (left) and Nneka (right), join Eli and Peyton Manning as the only siblings to be drafted  #1 in the same league. (Photo courtesy Stanford Athletics)

The Ogwumike, Chiney (left) and Nneka (right), join Eli and Peyton Manning as the only siblings to be drafted  #1 in the same league. (Photo courtesy Stanford Athletics)

Two years ago, Nneka Ogwumike was the #1 pick in the 2012 WNBA draft, drafted by the LA Sparks. Fast forward to current times, her younger sister, Chiney, is this year's #1 pick, drafted by the Connecticut Sun. Chiney is the taller of the two, standing at 6'4 while her older sis is 6'2 but both are very good forwards. 

The Sun also traded Tina Charles to the New York Liberty for Alyssa Thomas(4th overall pick) out of Maryland, Kelsey Bone, and the Liberty 1st round pick for next year. Tina no longer wanted to play with the Sun and threatened to sit out if she was not traded. 

Stuff like this is good for the WNBA because you are creating new story lines. When these two sisters play on July 12 in the Mohegan Sun Arena, tv ratings and ticket sales should rise. Congrats to the Ogwumike family. 

Bubba Watson with his 2 year old son, Caleb, after winning the 2014 Masters. (Simon Bruty/SI) 

Bubba Watson with his 2 year old son, Caleb, after winning the 2014 Masters. (Simon Bruty/SI) 

Even though Bubba Watson won his second Masters in 2 years, the ratings showed not many people cared. I knew that without Tiger playing, many people wouldn't watch the Masters and the numbers showed. A 7.8 Nielsen rating for the final round was the lowest for the Masters since 2004 when Phil Mickelson won (7.2 rating). Last year when Adam Scott won, beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff, the final round had a 10.2 rating. I thought it would be a little bit highers since Bubba was trying to win his second Masters and Jordan Spieth trying to become the youngest Masters winner ever at 20, but the excitement wasn't there. Bubba won by 3 strokes which didn't leave much suspense. Whether you like it or not, Golf needs Tiger. 

(courtesy of FoxSports.com) 

(courtesy of FoxSports.com) 

I really don't understand what is going on with Aldon Smith except that he might actually have mental issues. I don't have sympathy for grown men who do stupid things like yell out "bomb" on a plane but I am always curious as to why they did it. Former NFL player Brandon Ayanbadejo wrote this piece about NFL players and mental issues, which has some great points in it but I don't think it's the NFL's job to make sure these players aren't crazy. Mental exams are adding more unnecessary business aspects to the game of football.

Professional sports are already starting to resemble a slave trade and I don't think mental examinations would be smart. I don't think majority of the players in the NFL are mentally ill, I think they're just young dudes with too much money. Besides his current situation, Smith hasn't shown craziness. Marijuana and gun charges does not make him "mentally ill", it just shows he is young and reckless like most young professional athletes. 

Instead of trying to pick their brains, why not create a mentor program for current players with retired players. Some time all it takes is some guidance. And the reason why I say retired and not current veteran players is because 1. this is a way for retired players to make some money and 2. they have already been through the fire of the NFL and life after. That's too much like right though. 

The Stanley Cup Playoffs start Wednesday with some great 1st round matchups. Here is the schedule for the 1st round: 

(courtesy of SI.com)

(courtesy of SI.com)

The most intriguing match up for me is the Bruins vs. the Red Wings. Two great franchises with deep Hockey history, multiple Stanley Cups, and a great fan base. This will be one of the best series throughout the playoffs. 

Shout out to Corey Brewer for setting a career high for him, dropping 51 points in the T-Wolves 112-110 victory over the Rockets. Along with dropping 51, he also had 6 steals (Jordan, Iverson, and Rick Barry are the other to players to have 50+ points and 6+ steals). Brewer has been an average player in the league, averaging 10 points a game in his 6 year career, so this may come unexpected to some. Apparently, LeBron was shocked by the news because when asked about Corey Brewer, he said "wait, who? ". I hope LeBron wasn't serious and said that jokingly but if you don't know who Corey Brewer try to find some of his Florida Gators highlights. His career didn't pan out to what everyone was expecting, being the most complete player on that Gator squad that won back-to-back titles, but Corey Brewer was never a bum in my eyes.

This game also show's how bad the Rockets are defensively but we'll save that for another day. Congrats to Corey Brewer.

Dorial Green Beckham was the Tigers leading reciever last year with 862 yards and 10 TDs receiving. (AP photo). 

Dorial Green Beckham was the Tigers leading reciever last year with 862 yards and 10 TDs receiving. (AP photo). 

I really feel bad for this kid. One bad decision has change his life. Missouri has decided to dismiss Beckham from the team after he was accused of breaking into another students apartment and committing burglary. Even though no arrest has been made, the Tigers felt as though they was left with no choice. I don't think this is the end for Beckham, he is not the first player to go through this type of situation. Cam Newton was dismissed for Florida in 2008 and by 2010, he was a National Champion and #1 pick in the NFL Draft, so this is not the end for Beckham. Now the 6'6 225 high school phenom just has to work harder to get back to this level. He is only 20 and has 2 more years of eligibility left, someone will need him at their school. 

Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters thanks to one of the most memorable shots ever, that help him in the playoffs. 

Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters thanks to one of the most memorable shots ever, that help him in the playoffs. 

After 2 rounds, Bubba Watson has captured the lead and the attention of the Masters. Bubba is first on the leaderboard (-7) thanks to a great day of golfing. He hit 5 straight birdies on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th holes, to go -4 on the day. People are now saying that this is Bubba's Masters to lose, leading 2nd place Australian John Seden by 3 strokes.

We are seeing a new generation of golfers emerging because for the first time since 1994, we will not see Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson apart of Masters weekend, which is odd. Phil miss the cut, going 5 over 149, ending his streak of 17 consecutive years apart of Masters weekend.

Luckily for the Masters and everyone broadcasting it, Bubba is compelling enough to draw in average fans. He is not like the average golfer though. He doesn't have a golfing background nor was he coached, and is pretty much a regular guy. Last year champion, Adam Scott sits 4 strokes behind Bubba and I'm sure he has a nice run in him. Should be a great weekend. 

Thursday was National Sibling Day and what is a better to show your younger brother how much you love them by dropping them in a arena filled with people. I wouldn't be surprised if the next family dinner is a little chippy, Jeff is petty for this one. 

We would like to send our condolences to the family of Lacey Holsworth and the Michigan State family for losing their little girl. Lacey had an immediate bond with big man Adreain Payne, who she cut down the nets with after the Spartans won the Big 10 tournament. 

Embid miss the Jayhawks' final 6 games of the season due to back issues. With him, Kansas probably could have made it to the Final Four. (AP Photo).

Embid miss the Jayhawks' final 6 games of the season due to back issues. With him, Kansas probably could have made it to the Final Four. (AP Photo).

Joel Embid has announce that he will forgo his sophomore season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. It's too early to say where exactly Embid will be drafted but as of today, I would say he is a top 3 pick, just because he is 7'0. Seven footers are hard to come by in the NBA and one of his stature that plays great defense at the rim, will make him a hot commodity. Do I think he is ready for the league? No, and I'm sure MoSports Talk radio host, David Allen, will call me a communist for saying that but its cool.  Embid still needs a lot of work on the offense end, no fundamental post game but that is why he is going to the NBA to get better.............and make money. 

Before I get into A. Jones classic rant about fans running on the field, I would first like to talk about the Orioles series victory over the all-mighty Yankees. In the final game of the series, the O's scored 2 runs in the 9th, thanks to a Nick Markakis single in the right field gap. Today was also the first time rookie, Masahiro Tanaka, pitched against the O's. He did well, 10 strikeouts in 7 innings, only giving 3 earned runs but also a 2nd inning Home run to Johnathan Scoop. Tuesday. The O's defeated the Yankees 14-5, 3 Oriole players accounted for 4 home runs. Now as far as Adam go, he's right. It don't matter what you're playing, whenever someone interrupts the game, you get very upset. If someone just walked on the basketball court, disrupting the game, all ten players would kindly drag him off the court to continue playing. Anybody that played sports in their life will completely understand his gripe. 

Even after losing to the Penguins 4-3, Red Wings fans still had a smile on their face because for the 23rd straight year, there will be playoff hockey in Detroit. The Red Wings have the longest active streak of consecutive years in the playoffs in all 4 North American leagues, followed by the Spurs with 17. Since that streak began in 1991, the Red Wings have 6 conference titles, 6 President Trophies, and 4 Stanley Cups. Surprising, they have only 1 Hart Memorial Trophy winner in that span, Russian centre, Sergei Fedorovin 1993-94. The NHL has also added 9 teams since then, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Columbus Blue Jackets. Its a reason why its called Hockeytown. 

(courtesy of NBA.com)

(courtesy of NBA.com)

April 16th is the last day of the regular season. For some teams that leave 4 games left to make any moves to shake up the seeding. 

  • The Hawks hold the 8th seed, 2 games over the Knicks. Their next 3 games are against playoff teams, Nets, Heat, and Bobcats. 
  • Dallas, Memphis, and the Grizzlies, who are 1 game out of the playoffs, all will play each other once before season ends. Who will be the odd team out?
  • The Bobcats are going to be a very interesting team to watch. I am very excited to see Kemba Walker in postseason play. Last time he played in a tournament style format was 2011 and we all know how that went for him. 
  • Nets-Bulls have created a nice little rivalry over the past 2 years. The Bulls did knock the Nets out last postseason but this is a different Brooklyn squad. They have a couple dudes that know how to get it done in the postseason. 
  • Clippers-Warriors will be a fun series to watch but if the Clippers play defense, I don't think it will be a long series. Clippers are a very deep team with a coach that has postseason success. I don't expect a 1st round exit for the Clippers this year. 
  • The Rockets and Blazers could be the best series overall. I see this series going 7 games with a few game winners from both teams. 
  • I don't think no one wants to be the #1 seed in the East. First the Pacers say they need the #1 seed in order to beat the Heat but the starters want a night off in the final stretch of the season. And while the Pacers bench their starters and still beat the Bucks, the Heat lost the #1 seed after losing to the Grizzlies. Neither one of these teams are looking good going into the playoffs. 
  • As of now, the Spurs and Thunder are the two best teams in the league. Both have been consistent and seems to get better the closer we get to the playoffs. I think Kevin Durant is on a mission, I'm real curious to what we are going to get from him in the playoffs.