Over the weekend, Oregon put a trumping on Arizona State with a convincing 56-31 win at Arizona. The most impressive stat was yet again put up by the 5-foot-9 cannonball James. On just 23 carries, James ran a career-high 288 rushing yards and scored twice. He also caught two passes for 15 yards and returned three punts for 51 yards. The breakaway threat for the Ducks set all kinds of records last Saturday; he broke the school’s record for all-purpose yardage with 363. His two touchdown runs brought his career total to 43 rushing touchdowns and broke the Ducks’ record of 42, and he moved into sixth place on the Pac-12 all-time list with 3,890 career rushing yards.
The fourth-year junior decided to return to school because he felt he had some unfinished business, which is true. It’s also a blessing because he might come away with the Heisman Trophy this year and will be a big reason why Oregon tries to get back in contention for a national title. Through four games thus far, James’ has carried the ball 65 times for 613 yards (9.4 YPC) and 7 touchdowns. His longest run of the season was for 90 yards, which came against the Missouri State Bears.
Freddie Gibbs, Jeezy’s new recruit and Gary Indiana born rapper, dropped us another video that features his track “Anything To Survive” feat. Freeway. I gotta show love to the homie who’s from 10 minutes down the road. Check out Gangsta Gibbs represent his hometown.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said it and how many times I’ve had to defend it, but in my eyes, Carmelo Anthony is the best overall player in the league (trust me, it has nothing to do with him being my all-time favorite player). I’m sure most will argue, but I’m always prepared to defend. At this point in time, with Kobe on the downside of his career, LeBron James is the most likely candidate for the best player in the league. Only problem is, he really doesn’t have a complete all-around game. His jump shot is mediocre, he sometimes struggles with his free-throw shooting and more than obvious, he has no post-game.
‘Melo, on the other hand, has a complete game. Sure he might take less consistent shots more than consistent ones, but that has nothing to do with his game, that’ just bad decision making and trying too hard (which he had to do in Denver). Lets state some of the obvious first, ‘Melo is one of the Top 5 physical players in the league, homie loves contact. Why else would they call him “The Bully?” He’s from the streets of Baltimore and hooped for most of his life in the streets of New York. It doesn’t matter how you try to guard him, you can’t. From 15 to 20 feet out, there’s really no one better at shooting the ball. From his patent jab-step, his footwork, quick first step and array of spin moves, the guy is a bull. You can’t contain him.
If you try to take away his drive to the basket, he’ll just murder you with his jumper. Crowd him and he’ll kick it out to a teammate, slip past you for a strong finish and more than likely an and one. Put someone bigger on him and he’ll destroy them with his speed. Put someone smaller and he’ll take them down to the block and embarrass you. He was closer to 250 pounds two years ago, but this offseason he said that he’s around 230 and stronger than he’s ever been. According to ESPN New York blogger Jared Zwerling, there’s one NBA trainer in the league who believes ‘Melo could be the best player in the game if he utilized his size a little more in the point and developed a baseline jumper.
“He could get away with playing power forward, so why not take advantage of the smaller three’s in the NBA?” he said. “If teams want to put someone quicker on him, Melo can take him down low. It’ll be easier for him to score and attract more double teams, which will open things up on the court for other guys.”
Although it’s nothing new, it’s still something to think about. When ‘Melo played in Denver, coach George Karl knew exactly how to use him the right way and took advantage of every opportunity that was given on the court. There were times when he had to play power forward and he’d finish the game with a career-high 22 rebounds. He’s relentless, he’s now healthy after having both knee and elbow surgery during the lockout, and I’m eager to see him back on the court. If he’s looking to develop that baseline fadeaway, though, where else to look than his sponsor? The great player of all-time, Michael Jordan.
As a born Gator fan, I loathed Arkansas as a kid. I hate everything about them. I didn’t like their players, their uniforms, their stadium, the people, the atmosphere. It didn’t matter, except for maybe one thing; Darren McFadden. There was just something about this guy that had my attention, full focus. He was a game-breaker for the Razorbacks. He owns every school record for rushing, had a career ending 4,590 rushing yards (second all-time in SEC rushing yards) and 41 touchdowns, he won the Doak Walker Award as a sophomore (first ever) and went on to get drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 4th overall pick back in 2008. Many labeled him as a Reggie Bush-type tailback, which was a complete falsehood. Bush was great, but D-Mac owned him.
He stands 6-foot-2 and runs a 4.3 forty-yard dash, but ask any player in the league, Darren’s bigger than that. He catches screen passes and out of the flat better than most would have guessed. His ability to make inside zone runs is pure entertainment. He’s the real deal and easily Oakland’s best athlete and player on the team. If the Raiders have any chance of making the playoffs, something they haven’t done since 2002, McFadden’s going to be the reason why. That’s what all great running backs do, they carry their team with their legs when there isn’t enough to get by. It was easy to write him off during his first two seasons in the league because he couldn’t shake the injury bug. Although he did play a total of 25 games during those two years, he wasn’t healthy, nowhere near it.
It all changed at the start of the 2010 season, this southern boy became the real deal.
He took the opportunity and ran with it for 1,157 yards at a stout 5.2 yards per carry. Not to mention he ran in seven touchdowns and caught 47 passes for 507 yards (10 yards a catch) and 3 touchdowns. That’s Pro Bowl money. Through the NFL’s first three games thus far, McFadden’s rushed 61 times for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns. In case you missed it, he torched the Jets defense for 171 yards and two scores. In a recent interview with Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Raider fullback Marcel Reece gave his two cents on what he thinks about the guy he paves the way for.
“Darren’s the best running back in the league,” Reece said. “I stand by him. I love him. Whatever this team needs him to do, he can do it, and he will do it. That’s why we’re becoming the offensive force that we are.”
The best running back in the league? I don’t think I could argue against that. I love him too much to bet against his abilities. I used to think Steven Jackson would be the best back in the league had the Rams had a real offensive line and he had the ability to stay healthy, but unfortunately his size doesn’t exactly allow that. According to most, Adrian Peterson still takes the cake as the No. 1 running back, but I think McFadden is a little better all-around, athletically and will more than likely last a little bit longer than AP when it’s all said and done. As for Chris Johnson? If it weren’t for his speed, would he be anything?
McFadden is fast – and I mean fast – but when he breaks lose into that secondary, who really wants to chase after that kid? Even if there are guys who are fast enough to catch him, they’re probably not strong enough to tackle him. He’s versatile and tough as a pallet of cinder block. He runs between the tackles, has above average hands and doesn’t plan on being just a flashy, fly-and-bye player like Johnson. He loves contact but won’t go out of his way to make sure he hits everyone like Peterson, he’ll just run your ass over and go score his touchdown. Ask Richard Seymour, I’m sure he’ll tell you that Darren’s a lot stronger inside than most guys with speed, but how do you prepare for a guy who can take it outside anytime he chooses?
Durability will be an issue as the season progresses but this kid is Bamm-Bamm, rough and tumble. A true power-back in the simplest form of words. A lot of running backs don’t bite back, but this one does. He’s a Razorback, my biggest enemy, yet I might be his biggest fan.
Although we’re nowhere close to having an NBA season, there is a bright side to all of this. Well, at least for the players. Privacy. A lot of these guys who have been under the spotlight for most of their lives now have a little privacy, unless they’re playing a pickup game somewhere, these guys have been able to enjoy their life for much of the summer. For those who didn’t know, there was a charity game that took place yesterday, “I-95,” that featured Team Philadelphia, which was ran by Hakim Warrick, and Team Baltimore, which was of course ran by Carmelo Anthony (despite him having guys from Ohio, North Carolina, ect.). Despite taking a loss, ‘Melo had a chance to speak with Marc Berman of the New York Post in which he revealed he had two off season surgeries – one on his knee – which no one knew about.
I did both of them,” Anthony said. “They were bothering me seven years.
We all knew ‘Melo had elbow problems, but a knee problem? Not a clue. Anthony is my favorite basketball player of all-time and there’s a reason why they call this kid “The Bully,” he’s tough. Plain and simple. LeBron James is unstoppable at full speed but ‘Melo is unstoppable inside the paint. He beats you up. Doesn’t matter if you’re Tony Allen or Kendrick Perkins, you’re going to remember hooping with Carmelo Anthony at the end of the day. It’s hard to tell when he hurt his knee, though. It could have been last year, or maybe back in ’06 when he was playing with Team USA and hyper-extended it. Who knows?
If there’s one thing we do know, Carmelo isn’t like most. He’s quiet, keeps to himself. He’s well, mellow ..
On another note, check out some of the highlights from the I-95 game:
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With Rosh Hashanah approaching this week, the Jewish side of Drake pulls out the all gold Kiddush Cup and Shabbat Candle (and OVO Owl) for his Take Care album cover. The new CD is releasing on Drizzy’s 25th birthday, October 24th. It’ll release in three versions: Standard Version, Birthday Edition (Deluxe), and Ron C Edition (Chopped & Screwed).
Feels like it’s been so long. Is life moving so fast in this generation that when we desire something it begins to move in slow motion? Are we just used to getting what we want right away? Or do we require one another to feel right about all that is going on around us? Maybe our anticipation is justified by the fact that we genuinely cannot wait to share a moment again? Either way, your life and mine are scheduled to meet on October 24…I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
See you soon.
Red Cafe, Lloyd Banks, and Ray J’s new best friend Fabolous star in Red’s new video for The Realest.
All you Facebookers would have noticed that Facebook made some “drastic” changes to their interface and layout a couple of days ago. A lot of people “hate” and “can’t stand” the new changes but I’m cool with it. For people like me who barely even notice any “drastic” changes will need to watch Mark Zuckerberg explain them all in his recent Keynote Address.
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