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I'm from Houston, a graduate of the University of Texas, a fan of the Houston Astros and Houston Texans. But this blog will be about the "greater sports", whatever that means.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/29/2015

Another week of March Madness and new stars emerge.  Wisconsin was probably the least heralded one seed, with their workman-like approach to breaking down opponents.  They find themselves in another Final Four led by a pair of forwards.  But it's not Frank the Tank we give the nod, but Sam Dekker.  The lanky junior (6'9", 220 pounds) lit up North Carolina (Sweet 16) and Arizona (Elite 8) to lead the Badgers to a showdown with Number One Kentucky in the Final Four.  Dekker went for 23 and 27 points in the games respectively with 18-26 from the field (69%) and 15 boards over the two games.  And he has an outside shot with 5-6 against Arizona.  All around game is what it's about, especially for our Sportsman of the Week!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/22/2015

March Madness gripped the nation last week, with Cinderella's, powerhouses, upsets, and chalk.  One surprise team was the University of California - Los Angeles, who many thought had no business even being in the tournament.  One week later, they're one of only 16 teams alive.  Their success was due in no small part to heroics of sophomore Bryce Alford.  In the first game against the higher seeded Southern Methodist University, the sharpshooter could not be stopped, nailing nine 3-pointers in 11 tries for 27 points (no other points from the field or line).  In playing 39 minutes, Alford had four of those in the last 4 minutes, including a bizarre goaltended shot to push UCLA pats the Ponies by just a point.  In the second game, he chipped in another 22 points (3-5 from beyond the arc) with 5 assists (in another 39 minutes) as UCLA coasted past University of Alabama - Birmingham.  The traditional powerhouse is now wearing a glass slipper, will Alford next shoot down Duke?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/15/2015

Sometimes a single performance justifies honors.  We saw that this week, with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving.  The second year phenom put his team on his back to defeat the reigning NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in spectacular fashion.  On Thursday, the fourth year superstar from Duke scored 57 points (highest in the league this year) with an incredible 20-32 from the field and 7-7 from beyond the arc (routine 10-10 from the free throw line).  Including a clutch 3 pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime.  The other two games of the week, he chipped in 22 and 33 points; for the latter he was 12-15 from the field, 5-6 from beyond the arc (meaning 12-13 during the two game stretch).  The Cavs went 3-0 for the week, all on the road.  Playing in LeBron's shadow, he's quickly becoming the secret weapon for a deep Cavaliers playoff run.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/8/2015

The World is tuned into one of the great international sports World Cup competitions.  No, we're not talking about football (known in the United States as soccer), hockey, or basketball.  Or even rugby.  We're talking Cricket.  The best in the world have gathered in the southern hemisphere of co-hosts Australia and New Zealand to battle for one of the most prestigious cups in all of sports.  The star so far has been no surprise.  Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka has willed his squad to a 3-2 record in Group A, a tough drawwhich included both host countries (resulting in losses) as well as traditional powerhouse England (a narrow win, sending England home).  Sri Lanka is already advancing with a manageable final game.  Sangakkara leads the World Cup with 372 runs, including a 124 average.  The next closest average is a paltry 87.66.  The Sri Lanka "Lions" will be a team nobody wants to play, as long as the World's best player Sangakkara is on their side.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/1/2015

The wide world of sports continues to be open, and a fresh name emerged this week to set the sports world on fire.  Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond has come from nowhere to do his best Patrick Roy or Martin Brodeur impression.  Three games in the week, 3-0, 2 shutouts, and just 2 goals allowed.  All three games on the road, all three against Western Conference playoff contenders (including defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings).  In total, 90 shots faced, 88 saved (.978 save percentage).  He's started five games this season.  He's won five games.  The Sens sit well out of the playoff picture, if only they'd have found Mr. Hammond in October.  Statistically they'd be 60-0.  A leap from obscurity to be the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/22/2015

Spring sports always bring a mixed bag of stars and this week continues that Blog tradition.  In the Great American Race, a new face emerged as the winner.  With eyes on Jeff Gordon in his final Daytona 500, and other eyes on Dale Earnhardt Jr. to see if he could repeat last year's success.  It was Joey Logano who made the leap from promising talent to immortality with a razor thin win at the Speedway.  He controlled the race for the late laps, then a wreck with around 10 laps to go put him in control for the green, white, checkered finish.  It went green/white, but then another wreck, with Jeff Gordon in the middle of it, ended the joust.  And Logano emerged.  Others should have maybe considered getting in front on the late laps just in case.  That is, if they could have!  Congrats to Joey Logano, our Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/15/2015

Winter sports are in full swing and if it's an odd number year, that means the World Ski Championships.  This year's event was held on United States home soil, but podium finishes were sparse.  That was until Utah-born Ted Ligety saved the Stars and Stripes.  Ligety navigated the Giant Slalom ahead of the field for his third straight World Championship (2011, 2013, 2015) and 23rd World Cup championship overall (second place in history for GS).  He also won the GS at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.  The three straight championships are a record for the GS, and only two others in different disciplines have won three straight World Championships.  For his work this week, he also claimed bronze in the Alpine category.  A great week for a great American skier and our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/8/2015

With football season over, it's time to turn to hockey and hoops for weeknight sports entertainment.  Our Sportsman of the Week entertained indeed, as Russell Westbrook of the surging Oklahoma City Thunder dominated over four games.  He dropped in 34 points per game, averaged 9 rebounds AND 9 assists.  He hit >50% from the field and 95% from the line.  The team went 3-1, as Kevin Durant gets more and more healthy, the dynamic duo appears poised for a postseason run, despite sitting outside of the playoff picture.  Let's just say I wouldn't want to face a hot Westbrook and Durant in the first round and I wouldn't bet against them getting in.

This is Westbrook's second nod, joining teammate Kevin Durant (2) as well as Peyton Manning (3), LeBron James (2), Aaron Rodgers (2) and Ezekiel Elliott (2) with multiple nods through 165 weeks.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/1/2015


** This is late due to vacation **

The biggest event in American Sports produced a nail-biting, spine-tingling finish rarely matched in the big game.  Super Bowl XLIX was a back-and-forth affair to the last minute.  By the time the clock struck zero and the confetti reigned, Tom Brady cemented his status as a short-list candidate for the greatest of all time.  In his sixth Super Bowl start (record), he tossed for 328 and 4 TD in winning his fourth Super Bowl (tied for record with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana).  Another key element, his first and last Super Bowl titles were 13 years apart (record) and he won Super Bowl MVP for the third time (tied for record with Joe Montana).  Hard to believe this is his first nod as Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX Preview

This week, we experience the ultimate single game in American Sports.  The Super Bowl.  There have been 48 to date, and each literally wrote history, from players to teams to coaches to dynasties. The 49th chapter features two evenly matched teams, here yours truly, J.R. Ewing, evaluates who I think will prevail.





I'm not even going into the disaster that has been my gambling record this postseason.  It went from decent, to Broncos implosion, to complete loss last week.  But note.  I nailed the Super Bowl last year, few were picking the Seahawks straight up over Manning.  But me.


February 1, 2015: 18:30 EST - Glendale, AZ
Seattle Seahawks (+1, +102) vs. New England Patriots (-1, -108) O/U 47.5

This was similar to last year, you look at the sleek AFC team that looks so good and unstoppable on offense, vs. a choppy Seahawks offense that looks borderline inept.  And a Seahawks defense that's salty with momentum vs. an AFC defense that's good enough, but doesn't strike fear into the opponent.  Here it is.  Defense. Wins. Championships.  Period.  The Patriots will suffer the same fate as the Broncos.

Reasons why New England might win.  The Seahawks secondary is dinged, two key players in Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman were hurt by the end of the last game.  Maybe this deflategate will give them reason to have the mentality "it's us against the world.".  Gronk.  Blount.  An opportunistic defense.  And Tom Brady, who if he wins this, I'll put in the pantheon of great QBs with Joe Montana and...that's about it (don't get me wrong, others are good, but for Super Bowls, there are no others, Aikman and Bradshaw won with a same set of weapons around, not quite like Montana/Brady who have won with different talent).

Reasons why the Seahawks WILL win.  That defense.  They were much better against Green Bay than the score, the offense defied them.  Marshawn Lynch is a big game and big play back.  They are a team of destiny, did you see last week?  Eight straight wins and 11-1 in their last 12 games.  A team that took a little time to gel, after the departure of Harvin and some strife.  And a team that is playing loose after they won last week (can you say "house money")? 

I think the pressure and distraction of deflategate plays in.  This isn't a set of Patriots that have won the Super Bowl before, the Seahawks have.  The Seahawks have a better running game and defense, that goes a long way in these games.  They are the team that everyone loves to hate.  And they thrive.

Final Prediction: Seahawks 31, Patriots 14 

So to recap, Seahawks ATS, S/U, and the under (defense reigns this game, no deflated ball for Brady to throw).