Halfdog of the Day – Yao Ming

17 12 2010

Today’s Halfdog award goes to Yao Ming.  Ming didn’t win the award today because he is out indefinitely with yet another foot injury, but rather his response to it.  When asked about the injury, Ming responded by saying: “I haven’t died,” he said. “Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?”  Can anybody picture Yao eating chicken or drinking beer? If you are like me, I can only picture sushi and sake.  What an incredible response like that lands Yao Ming our Halfdog award of the day.

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Up to Speed with Aggie Basketball

16 12 2010

The Utah State basketball team is nine games into the 2010-2011 season and have managed to attain a record of 7-2.  A big core of players are returning from last year including preseason WAC player of the year Tai Wesley. Other key players returning include Pooh Williams, Brian Green, Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, and Brady Jardine.  New players on the team include highly praised Brockeith Pane and speedy James Walker, who both play the point guard position.

Tai Wesley has definitely proven that he was a worthy pick for WAC player of the year.  Wesley is averaging 14.7 points and 8 rebounds a game, both career highs.  Along with Wesley, Jardine and Green have stepped up their game as well.  Combined they are averaging over 20 points a game.  Jardine is just about averaging a double-double at 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The key loss from last season’s team was point guard Jared Quayle.  Quayle averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, very hard numbers to replicate especially the rebounding numbers from the point guard position.  The newcomers Pane and Walker are doing their best to fill the void by averaging a combined 10 points, 3 assists, and almost 6 rebounds per game.  The only void they seem to have trouble filling is Quayle leadership.

Like  mentioned before, the Aggies record is 7-2.  Those two losses? At currently ranked 15th Georgetown and 16th ranked BYU.  We all have murmured about the Aggies schedule, and not playing big time schools, and finally we got a game.  Unfortunately we didn’t compete  in the 68-51 loss to Georgetown, but it’s still going to go a long ways for a team who year in and year out need RPI and strength of schedule help.  Currently the Aggies are 28th in the RPI while BYU sits at number five and Georgetown is at number two.  It will be really interesting to watch how that all shapes out once the Aggies get into conference play with the WAC being pretty weak this year.

It should be once again, another great season for Utah State basketball.  One thing they need to fix is their field goal percentage which uncharacteristically has them ranked 106th in the country.  The Spectrum will be popping like always as the Aggies get ready to win another WAC title.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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Halfman of the Day – New York Knicks

15 12 2010

I never thought that I would give a Halfman Award to the Knicks.  But with Amare Stoudemire on board and an 8-game winning streak, its hard to look past the Knicks and their 16-8 record.  Yes they will most likely to lose tonight to the Boston Celtics, but until they do, enjoy the winning streak, enjoy being relevant again, and enjoy being the Halfman of the day.

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Up to Speed With the Jazz

15 12 2010

This current three-day break seems a perfect time to give an update of the Utah Jazz season.  The Jazz, as of yesterday, were tied with the Miami Heat for playing the most games in the league, 26. Of those 26 games, 14 games were against teams with a .500 record or better including the aforementioned Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Orlando Magic twice.  The Jazz currently hold a slim lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder by a half game in the Northwest Division with a record of 18-8, and are due for a few days off. No Boozer? No problem! We all knew that Carlos Boozer was not going to stick around in Utah.

Do we all miss his All-Star play? Of course.  Do we miss the person? Of course not.   The addition of Al Jefferson has definitely helped most of us forget the Boozer days.  It took some time for “Big Al” to start playing.  Showing up out of shape, learning the Jerry Sloan system, and clearly pressing early on slowly dissolved over the first few weeks.  Along with Jefferson, filling the void is Paul Millsap.  Millsap, in a starting role, has come up big in key wins this season including a career high 46 points against the Heat in that most epic comeback. So far the duo is averaging around 34 points and 17 rebounds a game.

Without a doubt, C.J. Miles has been the most impressive player of the Jazz team so far.  Finally they found a perfect role for him, coming off the bench as the 6th man.  Miles is averaging a career high 12 points per game, and has 5 games of over 20 points.  Almost as much as impressive is Deron Williams.  Williams, who wont the October/November player of the month, is averaging a career high 23 points per game and currently is sitting on three straight games of over 30.  D-Will was voted before the season as the best point guard in the league, and has been clearly living up to that.

The least impressive player is Gordon Hayward.  Yes he is a rookie, but I’ve never seen a player so timid to pull the trigger.  One game, yes he did throw down a dunk, but while Raja Bell has been out three games with an abductor injury, Hayward has tallied an astronomical amount of one single point as the fill in starter.

The Jazz do have a better team this year than last, and they may just make some noise this year.  Mehmet Okur is on the trail of coming back from his torn achilles tendon, which will offer depth to a bench that is already pretty solid.  Once all the pieces fall into place and the Jazz have a few more months to gel, it may be a special season.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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Ags stand atop the WAC

4 02 2010

After beating Idaho for the 11th straight time last night the Aggies took sole possession of the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference standings.  The Aggies 80-62 victory was fueled by reserve guard Brian Green, who at one point scored 10 consecutive Utah State points.  Green finished the night with 16 points hitting four three-pointers and four other Aggies were also in double figures.

The Aggies jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back in this game.  The game was tied twice at 2-2 and 4-4, but shortly after that the Aggies went up 24-11 after Green’s personal 10 point run, where he hit two three-pointers, a couple of free throws, and a 15 foot footer.  All in all it was just a dominating performance for the Aggies who have now won seven in a row.

The Aggies have another big one on the horizon this Saturday as Nevada rolls into town.  Let’s hope the Aggies can keep the current win streak alive and beat the Wolfpack for the second time this season.  In their last meeting the Aggies pulled out a huge win coming from behind late and finally picking up the win in overtime.  I’m sure we’ll see the Spectrum packed Saturday night and as loud as ever for this one.

Written by: Jesse Kunz
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Jazz Cruise to 7th Straight

4 02 2010

Just when we thought Utah Jazz basketball was already at it’s best, we get fooled.  Last night’s 118-105 victory over the Portland Trailblazers was a thing of pure ecstasy and beauty. The Jazz had six players score double digit points, shot just under 63% from the field, and assisted on 32 of 42 field goals.  Unselfish, Jazz basketball at it’s best gave them their seventh straight.

The Jazz were lead by Mehmet Okur, finally, who had a season high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds.  Andrei Kirilenko continued his hot streak while starting by putting in 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Deron Williams didn’t need to have a big night, but still put in 13 points and assists.  Wesley Matthews shot 6-6 from the field and scored 16 points.

Williams was right when he called last night an “easy night”.  There wasn’t too much stress of last night’s game.  In the fourth quarter, the Blazers managed to cut the lead to seven, but the Jazz went on a 8-1 run to clinch the game.  Deron Williams leads the charge for the Jazz who are leading the league in assists per game (26.1) and field goal percentage (.492).  With a combination of tough defense, and an extremely unselfish team, the Jazz are poised to make a run at a higher seed and winning in the playoffs.

Next up for the Jazz is a big division matchup against the division rival Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were the last team to beat the Jazz before this winning streak.  The Jazz lost that game 119-112 clear back on January 16th in Denver.  The Jazz will host the Nuggets on Saturday, and should have leading scorer Carlos Boozer back in the lineup after missing a few games with a calf strain.  With a Jazz win, they would move within a game and a half of the Northwest Division lead.  Saturday’s game could set the tone for the rest of the Jazz season.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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Today’s halfman – Kobe Bryant

2 02 2010

Last night, while playing the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe Bryant passed Laker great Jerry West as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers.   Bryant who now has scored a career 25,208 points, posted 44 last night in the Lakers loss to the Grizzlies.  When asked about his new record, Bryant said “It’s a great honor to say the least [because] of the great players that have played here and the tradition we have”.  Even though the Lakers lost, Bryant set a pretty good record last night, and earns himself the halfman of the day.

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