The Old Timers Offense

By: Joe Siniscalchi (@Joe_Siniscalchi)

There’s a common saying in football that the NFL stands for “not for long”. In fact, the average NFL playing career lasts about three seasons. Sticking around beyond that, let alone maintaining a high level of play is nothing short of impressive. Over the last few seasons, we have seen an influx of young superstars who are shaping the game and will look to do so for the next decade.

But what about those who have been doing it already? More importantly, those who are not only old, but are still valuable contributors. Most people consider old vets simply as mentors, but there are many that still hold a valuable place on the field.

I decided to make a list of players in their 30s who aren’t letting up anytime soon, or are still playing at a high level. Today, however, I’m focusing just on offense.

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Mike’s NBA Mock Draft: Part 2

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By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

After yesterday’s first part of my NBA mock draft, I have gone all-out and finished the first round. I was thinking about doing a second round mock, but the second round of the NBA draft is pretty low-key. Catch the first part of my mock here, and the second half just below:

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Mike’s NBA Mock Draft: Part 1

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By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

The NBA lottery was last night, and the Cavaliers reeled in even more rewards for the departure of LeBron James. The Bobcats got the short end of the stick, yet again. And the Wizards leapt into the top three.

There are so many thoughts swirling in my head right now, because this draft can go so many different ways. Like the NFL Draft last month, there is no clear-cut franchise player in this draft. There is no sure thing. Every player has at least one glaring hole in his game.

I am usually pretty spot-on when I predict which players will pan out in the NBA and which will not, but my accuracy is not as deadly when I predict my mock drafts.

That all being said, here is part one (the lottery teams) of the 2013 NBA Mock Draft, no trades included:

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The NBA All-Unable-To-Legally-Drink Team

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age, but there are plenty of NBA players who have yet to legally enter a bar. Normal 19 and 20-year-olds are working a part-time job, maybe going to college. The lucky ones, however, are multi-millionaires who get the privilege of playing basketball for a living.

On the day of the NBA Draft Lottery, the league readies to welcome a whole slew of new under-21-year-olds, but before that, here is a team comprised of the best NBA players under age 21.

Hopefully this team doesn’t win any titles in the next year or two, because there won’t be any champagne showers in the locker room post game.

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#UniformUpdate: First look at fan submissions for Mavericks new uniforms

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

A few weeks ago, Mark Cuban opened to floor to Mavericks fans to design the team’s next uniforms. Another example of why Cuban is the best owner in professional sports. He is an involved owner who interacts with his fan base. However, it looks like Cuban should have put some guidelines on the submissions.

He didn’t provide a template, so fans can put basically anything on any style of jersey, sleeves or no sleeves. There are no color preferences, so there are some black and yellow and other obnoxious colors that do not resemble the Mavs mixed in the bunch.

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Joe’s Ultimate Defense

By: Joe Siniscalchi (@Joe_Siniscalchi)

About a month ago, I listed my ultimate offense, where I made a list of what players I would want on my dream offense and what type of scheme it would be. Here is part two of that post, where I will talk about my dream defense.

On defense, I prefer an attacking 4-3, similar to what the Giants run, sprinkled in with some 3-4 looks. For that, I need versatility along the defensive line. I also like corners who are aggressive, are strong in man coverage, and physical at the line of scrimmage. My free safety needs to be a ballhawk, and my strong safety needs to be averse in both pass coverage and lining up in the box to stop the run.

With that, here is my ultimate defense.

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Elbow Problems

 

Eric O’Flaherty becomes latest Braves pitcher on the DL

By: Ryan Korp

 

Eric O’Flaherty becomes the latest Atlanta Braves pitcher to suffer “elbow tightness”, the dreaded words that every pitcher fears and ultimately leads to one thing – Tommy John.

 

Braves reliever Johnny Venters already underwent his second career Tommy John surgery this season, sidelining him for the remainder of the year and most of next year.

 

Venters and O’Flaherty were part of the dominant Braves bullpen the last few seasons, forming an almost unhittable bridge from the starters to lights-out closer Craig Kimbrel. Last year the two appeared in 66 and 64 games out of the pen.

 

There was concern going into last season after the bullpen was overworked in the 2011 season and started to tire out in September. 2011 saw O’Flaherty post a ERA under one in 78 games out of the pen and Venters appeared in 85 games, posting a 1.84 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

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