This years Pro Bowl was pretty good

I thought the new Pro Bowl this year was great. The draft was new and interesting, the new rules also made the game great.

My favorite rule was the two minute warning every quarter and the ball changing hands after every quarter. I think the NFL should do this in the regular season. When there is less then two minutes there was a sense of urgency. There could be a lot more scoring.

The draft was pretty cool for a number of reason. We saw how some NFL players and legends rate their peers. One of the worst teams, the Cleveland Browns, had three players get drafted in the top ten. The Browns could be really good next season.

We saw teammates play against each other. Derrick Johnson made a huge hit on Kansas City Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles. Charles suffered a concussion in the playoffs and has been troubled with them before. If I was a Chiefs fan, which I’m not, I wouldn’t be happy. Who knows, that hit could end up ending his career a little early. All the hits in the head add-up and he is probably pretty close to the limit where he will have to retire.

I hope the Pro Bowl is good again next season, but for now, I can’t wait for the Super Bowl.

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Would I want another carrier game?

The 2012-2013 season saw San Diego State play Syracuse on the U.S.S. Midway, a carrier in San Diego. It had a number of issues including the game being pushed back two days. I went and thought that it was pretty cool. Would I want it to happen again thought?

The weather had been a little wet, instead of playing Friday night the game was pushed back to Sunday. An NFL Sunday I might add. But considering the court is outside, I understand.

This game had been marked on my calendar for a while. I couldn’t wait. Jim Boeheim and Syracuse were making out a trip out west which was cool because they rarely play non-conference games outside of New York. ¬†They were ranked 9th and the Aztecs 20th.

When I was walking over to the ship, there were other fans and everyone was excited. This was a pretty unique event and it was really cool that my favorite team was playing. There was a lot of school pride. Syracuse fans traveled pretty well.

I had never been to an outdoor basketball game and it was a little windy. I’m not sure how much of an effect the weather had, but it could have. SDSU had trouble shooting the ball. It wasn’t a very close game and SDSU lost.

Overall, I think the weather played a part in this game. I would like this game to continue. Maybe leave the Aztecs out of the next one though. I would love to see some top teams come to San Diego that I normally wouldn’t get to see.

Broncos and Seahawks have many coaches with Super Bowl experience

While only four of the players have Super Bowl experience, many of the coaches have been there. Some as a player, but most made it as coaches. I will be going through each teams coaching staff and letting you know when they have been to the Super Bowl, if they won, and what their job was.

Lets start with the Denver Broncos. Head coach John Fox has participated in two Super Bowls, unfortunately, he lost them both. His first was as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV when they were crushed by the Baltimore Ravens. His second loss came in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVIII as head coach of the Carolina Panthers when they lost to the New England Patriots 32-29.

Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was also a coach in Super Bowl XXXV as a linebackers coach for the Ravens. The defense played legendary that day and he soon became the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin was a defensive coaching assistant for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Assistant secondary coach Sam Garnes played on John Fox’s defense in their loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

Alex Gibbs, the Broncos offensive line consultant has been apart of four Broncos Super Bowl teams including winning Super Bowl’s XXXII and XXXIII.

Now onto the Seattle Seahawks. Some of there coaches have won national championships so I will also mention those.

Head coach Pete Carroll won two national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004. One of them was vacated. This is his first Super Bowl appearance.

Seahawks quarterback coach Carl Smith was with Carroll at USC in 2004 when they won a championship.

Tight ends coach Pat McPherson worked in Denver and was an assistant on their Super Bowl XXXIII team.

Rocky Seto is currently the Seahawks defensive passing game coordinator. He used to be a safeties and linebackers coach at USC under Carroll when they won the 2003 and 2004 national championships.

Defensive line coach Travis Jones has won as a college and pro assistant. In 2003 he was the defensive line coach for LSU’s national championship squad and in Super Bowl XLIV he was the New Orleans Saints assistant defensive line coach.

Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. was a pretty good player. As a linebacker he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys for their Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII wins and he also won Super Bowl XXIX as a player for the San Francisco 49ers. Along with a few of the other assistants, he was also on coach Carroll’s staff at USC for the 2004 championship.

The final coach with Super Bowl experience is Nick Sorensen who is the Seahawks assistant special teams coach. Back in Super Bowl XXXVI, Sorensen was a safety on the St. Louis Rams in there loss to the Patriots.

Aztecs now ranked 5th in the nation

The San Diego State Aztecs went another week without losing. Now 18-1, the Aztecs are now ranked fifth in the country after road wins at Mountain West newcomers San Jose State and Utah State.

Ahead of them in the polls was Villanova and Michigan State. Villanova got crushed by a team the Aztecs beat, Creighton while Michigan St. lost a close one to in-state rival Michigan. The Aztecs passed both of them.

Xavier Thames is looking like a lock to win Mountain West player of the year. He hit some big three pointers and finished with 31 points in the overtime win at Utah St. He is projected to be drafted 38th overall according to nbadraft.net. If he gets drafted he would join Kawhi Leonard and Jamaal Franklin as Aztecs to be drafted. In the future, I think Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer will be drafted while Dwayne Polee and Dakarai Allen also could make there way into the draft.

The only team that has beat the Aztecs this year is undefeated Arizona who is currently the number one team in the country. The Aztecs played great that game and it was very close until Arizona shot and made their free throws to pull the 69-60 road win. The Aztecs have since won 17 straight.

The team could possibly go undefeated in conference play. That will be hard though, because as a top five team, the Aztecs have a major target on there backs. Utah St. almost took them down. If they go undefeated though, and everyone ahead of them loses, they should be number one at the end of the season.

The Aztecs only play one game this week and its against Colorado State. If they win and anybody ahead of them loses, the Aztecs should jump up next week.

Seahawks vs. Broncos pictures from Sports Illustrated. Vote on who will win!

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5 NBA players who I thought would be way better

Over the years, I have thought certain NBA top ten draft picks would be team changing stars. Here are five that I was wrong about.

When the Portland Trail Blazers drafted Martell Webster sixth overall in 2005, I thought he would be the franchise savior. In the two drafts before that, guys like Lebron James, Dwight Howard and Josh Smith showed that high school basketball players could be good. But I was wrong. He is still in the NBA and he isn’t terrible, but for a player drafted that high, I thought he would do more. He has averaged just over nine points per game throughout his career.

Adam Morrison of Gonzaga is next on my list. Outside of J.J. Redick, I haven’t seen a better college basketball player. I wasn’t the only one who thought he was great. He was compared to Larry Bird and the Charlotte Bobcats drafted him third overall. He averaged 7.5 points per game in his NBA career and is presently an assistant coach for his alma mater.

Michael Beasley had a very good freshmen season at Kansas State. The Miami Heat drafted him second overall. He has averaged 13.7 points per game throughout his career. That is okay, but I thought he was going to be one of the greatest players in NBA History.

Each of my final two disappointments were from the 2009 NBA Draft. Hasheem Thabeet, is 7’3 and he had a very successful career at UCONN. Memphis thought he could turn them around and they selected him second overall. It never worked out. Thabeet has bounced from team to team and has only averaged 2.2 points per game in his career.

Jonny Flynn is one of my favorite college basketball players. He was so much fun to watch at Syracuse. I didn’t think there could be anyway that he wouldn’t be a great NBA player. The Minnesota Timberwolves found out the hard way when they took him sixth overall. He isn’t in the NBA right now and he averaged 9.2 points per game in his career.

There are other players who I was also wrong about like Josh Childress, Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams, but those five are the most shocking to me.