Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USA Select Team

13 players were named to the 2014 USA Select Team.  These guys will play against the World Cup team as they get ready for competition.  I wouldn't say these are the best young players going, but certainly a talented group.  Only two rookies made the team and they were not Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon. Instead Celtics PG Marcus Smart and Bulls F Doug McDermott.   Here's the full squad. 

Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Trey Burke (Utah Jazz)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks) 
Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic) 
Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls)
Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets)
Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns)
Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets)

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Celtics Logo

This is the new Celtics logo that was just released.  I think it's fine.  It reminds me of when Roger Rabbit burst through the window... 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WWE Battleground Live Tweet

The latest WWE PPV is tonight (yes really).  They are not wasting anytime between events.  Despite the rushed storylines there are some great matches on this card.

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

USA (Jack Swagger) vs. Russia (Rusev)

Wyatt Family vs. Usos

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane

Be sure to follow: @TheSportsBrief tonight (and every night) for all the hilarious commentary.

Also our new wrestling blogger: Fridge

It'll be like we're all watching it together!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Marvel Tease

Marvel announced that they will release 5 mystery movies on the following future dates...

July 28, 2017 
Nov. 3, 2017 
July 6, 2018 
Nov. 2, 2018
May 3, 2019 

What in the hell is this?  5 release date for unknown movies?  How about that last one being out in 5 years??  It could literally be anything, maybe even a character that hasn't been created yet.  

I am a Marvel comic dork, I'll watch any movie they put out there, but this is over the top obnoxious.  

This is like, "Hey, save the date."  

"Ok... for what."

"Brand new Marvel comic book movie."

"Sweet, which one?"

"Stay tuned...."

"Go to hell."

(That's my conversation with this announcement.)

What could these movies be?  Well any sequel obviously.  Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men... or new spin-offs like Black Widow or Deadpool.  Hugh Jackman is always up for a new Wolverine.

Or perhaps any of these gentlemen or women...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pick A Package For Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers insider Bob Finnan is now reporting that the Cavs would include Andrew Wiggins in a possible deal for Timberwolves PF Kevin Love.  Well that's a game changer. They would appear to be the favorite now if the T-Wolves do what they say they won't, and trade the All-Star. 

Here's what the Top 3 Trade Offers could (realistically according to me) be. 

Don't worry about money for the purposes of this exercise.  Minnesota could toss in Kevin Martin or whatever else to make it work. We won't get into trade exceptions and non-guaranteed contracts here. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Anderson Varejao

That's the last TWO #1 overall picks and a double-double guy for a player who WILL leave in a year.  You have to do that if you're Flip Saunders.  Cleveland probably wouldn't want to give up Varejao, but Love is worth it. 

2. Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson, David Lee

They say now they won't deal Klay, but this could change. Curry and Love with pieces like Barnes and Bogut is intriguing as hell.  I'd prefer the Cavs package though. 

3. Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, James Young, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, 3 future first round picks

There is no Wiggins or Thompson in this group. (I do really like Smart.)  Minnesota says they want real dudes and not assets. They've missed the playoffs the last 10 years so that makes some sense. But this offer warrants a good long look. Two 1st rounders from this year, solid young big in Sully, an expiring deal in Bass AND multiple future 1st rounders (I'll let them figure out Clippers, Nets, Cavs, their own, whatever.)

C's package is nothing to sneeze at.  It's a lot to give up actually if you're Boston. But with an assurance that he'd stay, it's worth it. Rondo + Love in the East makes me a happy Celtics fan.  Fill in the rest accordingly.  

IF those are the deals on the table.  I'd look at it like this...

Cavs > Celtics > Warriors

And of course don't rule out mystery team!

The Love Saga continues...

New Weird Al

For better or worse, Weird Al is back. His new album just came out a couple days ago and he's been releasing videos. I enjoyed this one. Regardless of your feelings towards Weird Al you can't help but listen to his stuff and think, "That magnificent bastard." He's a talented weirdo.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dream Home Run Derby

If you could put any 4 players in a Home Run Derby, past or present, who would they be?

It's a loaded question.  Do you go all the way back to Babe Ruth or Ted Williams or Willie Mays?  You can call me a simpleton, but I'm going with what I know...

Ken Griffey, Jr.
Barry Bonds
Gary Sheffield
Frank Thomas

Give me two lefties and two righties.  Whatever the ballpark it will produce plenty of excitement.

Tough omissions: Jose Canseco, Manny Ramirez, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Fred McGriff