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New York Knicks

Knicks Need Complete Overhaul To Save Franchise

By David J. Cohen

It was a great feeling to cheer for the Knicks in the 90s. Even though the Knicks didn’t win a title during the period they produced competitive teams that captivated sold-out crowds at Madison Square Garden. In 1994 the Knicks reached the NBA finals and were led by G John Starks and C Patrick Ewing. In the shortened season of 1999 the Knicks enjoyed one of the most memorable runs in NBA playoff history. They became the first (and only) 8th seed to reach the finals. The floater by G Allan Houston with .7 seconds left in game 5 of the opening round against the Heat was pure magic and capped off one of the greatest rivalries in modern NBA history. Then in the conference finals, F Larry Johnson made a miraculous 4-point play in game 3 that propelled the Knicks into the finals. After that shot the Garden was visibly shaking as the entire crowd was jumping and screaming as one. To this day I have never seen fans as electrified in a celebration as they were after that play against the Pacers. In those days you were proud to be a Knicks fan.

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Satire

FSU Fans Now Must Pass Mandatory Counting Test to Attend Games

By David J. Cohen

It was the best game the Seminoles had played all season. They dominated the boards, hit clutch shots, and forced someone other than J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams to make shots in the last minute. The win guaranteed the `Noles a spot in the big dance. Yet, as usual, the FSU fans found a way to screw things up.

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Houston Texans

Texans Shopping First Pick: Who Should Trade Up?

By David J. Cohen

The Houston Texans are reportedly looking into trading the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. They have already contacted a couple of teams about a possible trade. The move would be a smart one for the Texans, who need many pieces instead of one, have a solid QB in David Carr and have perhaps the NFL’s most underrated RB in Domanick Davis. And from what I’ve seen at the combine through day 5, this year’s crop of players is the deepest group in years. This means the Texans could trade the pick, still be high in round 1, and obtain additional high round draft choices which should yield top round talent.

If the pick is available for the taking there are several teams that could make a move for the spot. Some of these teams should move up and some should just stay put. Here are some possible teams that could make a move to get the player they truly covet.

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NFL General

An Early Look At Next Year (AFC EAST)

By David J Cohen

Now that the year is officially over with the ending of the most meaningless game in professional sports, or the Pro Bowl, the focus of millions of NFL fans around the country shifts to next season. What changes need to be made? What can my team accomplish? How far can my team go? These are the questions of the fans as they follow their favorite teams into the journey that is the off-season.

Here’s a look of what the AFC East might look like in the 2006-2007 season.

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NBA General

All-Star Game One Rising Star Short

By David J Cohen

The reserves for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game were finally announced Thursday night. Now the rosters are set for the game where the NBA’s elite come together to put on one entertaining show. This game, unlike all-star games in Major League Baseball and the National Football League, has meaning to the players chosen to participate. The label of “all-star” is still an honor to NBA players. This means that it is actually important to ensure the most deserving players are chosen to represent their conferences.

Of course, our world isn’t perfect. Every year there are players watching this game that should be playing in it. This year is no exception. A serious case can be made for Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd in the East and Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony in the West to be participants in this year’s game. However, there is one player left out this year that without a doubt should be an all-star. He can be argued as an MVP candidate. He has carried a team projected to finish last in its conference on his shoulders. He has led a team of second-string players into position to be a playoff team. And he has accomplished all of this while simultaneously adjusting from the college game to the pros at its most challenging position. He is New Orleans/Oklahoma City point-guard Chris Paul.

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Sacramento Kings

Ron Artest: A Modern Confucius?

By David J Cohen

Thought-provoking. Insightful. Those are the kind of words that come to mind when I think of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC). Those are the same words I now associate with the “nuggets of wisdom” Ron Artest has bestowed among us all through the years. It just took some time to find them. With these in my possession I travel to a place no soul should ever go. I venture into the mind of Ron Artest.

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College Basketball

Gators Shine in National Spotlight

By David J. Cohen

The 7th ranked Florida Gators defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 95-80 Saturday night. Florida dictated the style of play from the tip and dominated Kentucky in the second half. It was an impressive victory for the team that should turn some critics into believers of the “orange and blue.”

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NFL General

Jerramy Stevens Robbed of MVP Award

By David J Cohen

On January 31st, Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens made this “inflammatory” remark when asked about the Jerome Bettis story: “It’s a heartwarming story and all that, but it will be a sad day when he leaves without that trophy.” This made Steelers LB Joey Porter “thirsty for blood” (apparently he’s a vampire) and became the draw that was supposed to make the Seahawks and Steelers hate each other. Then it was finally Super Bowl Sunday, the game kicked off, and it wasn’t long before everyone outside of Pittsburgh fell asleep.

Even though Stevens’s quote was blown out of proportion, he did open his mouth, and since he is a “receiving” TE I have to say it: If you’re going to run your mouth, when the time finally comes to back up your words, CATCH THE DAMN BALL! Apparently he skipped training camp.

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New York Knicks

Thomas Kills the Knicks Once Again

By David J Cohen

In another “brilliant” move by New York Knicks General Manager Isaiah Thomas, the Knicks acquired G/F Jalen Rose and a first round pick from Toronto for F Antonio Davis. At first glance, it seems as if Isaiah Thomas has manufactured a highway robbery in favor of the Knicks. However, a closer look shows that the Knicks are following a familiar road toward more seasons of mediocrity.