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In this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris speak on the madness that is the NFL lockout, which was lifted by a court decision on Monday, April 25th, which theoretically would have allowed players to report to their respective teams and begin workouts for next season. However some NFL teams did not comply to whatever degree and the NFL owners asked for a stay on the decision to keep the lockout going. When will this all end? How will this affect the currently copious amount of popularity surrounding the sport. How will the fans react? We also talk about the NFL Draft and the potential number one pick. GIVE IT A LISTEN!
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This must be a tough pill going down the throats of the New York Knicks and their fans as the team became victims of a Boston Celtics sweep, becoming the 2011 NBA Playoffs first victims. In the first two games (87-85 and 96-93 Celtics victories), the Knicks could have easily been the victors in both. However, in the end, it was the Celtics' championship pedigree and experience that helped them pull away and score just enough points to win. Emotionally, it had to be debilitating to come so close, but come up with the loss despite valiant efforts on the road.
DV and Chris get down with their weekly "In Your Face" segment, targeting Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake and former Los Angeles Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt. As an addendum, they expound on the Dodgers' situation and how things could be in the two biggest markets with crappy/controversial baseball teams. Yes, they include the New York Mets into this mess. Bud Selig must be loving this... well, actually probably not. But he might love to listen to this!
Barry Bonds, the former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants slugger, has been found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, but a jury of eight women and four men couldn't come to a verdict in regards to three other charges. The obstruction charge could carry a 15-21 months jail sentence, however, similar verdicts for other athletes involved with the long-time steroids case involving BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) have brought six months to a year of home confinement. Something similar should come to Bonds, who has constantly denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Speculation will always abound and Bonds will likely always be dogged by this situation. The next judgement will be for the Hall of Fame and it'll be interesting how the voting goes.
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DV and Chris back at you with another EndScore Report edition of "In Your Face" where we call out that past week's dumbest athlete (or athlete's mom), team, coach, and any other sports-affiliated personality. This was recorded during halftime of the New York Knicks/New Jersey Nets game, so there's obvious background noise... deal with it! This week, Chris goes after the Boston Red Sox's slow start and DV hopes that LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, would act her age. Listen here for the full-blown brashness!
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Jimmer Fredette of BYU led the way in voting for the AP All-America team with 64 votes of a possible 65 from the national media members that also vote for the Top 25 college basketball teams each week during the season. Joining Fredette were two other seniors in Duke point guard Nolan Smith who received 61 votes and Purdue big man JaJuan Johnson who received 44 votes. Junior point guard Kemba Walker from UConn also made the team with 51 votes and freshman phenom Jared Sullinger from Ohio State joined the upper classmen with 58 votes. The voting took place before the NCAA Tournament and rewards regular season excellence.
DV and Chris discuss the motives, background, and validity of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter's statements about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein. Naturally, Showalter would say something about AL East rival teams, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. When you consider that he's lost two jobs (Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks) because he would alienate his players and management, going after someone outside of the organization is a breath of fresh air. Does Showalter make good arguments? Hear what we have to say.
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In this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris talk about the recent transactions made by the New York Mets in cutting Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. If the Mets are rebuilding, and it seems that they are, should GM Sandy Alderson consider trading David Wright and Jose Reyes, players who were deemed as the nucleus of the team's future? The podcasting duo also talk about the current team owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, whom they think should sell the team in order to truly begin anew. But who will buy in? DV and Chris talk about some interesting possiblities. Agree or disagree, feel free to leave comments below! Listen to the audio magic!
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It's being reported that the top NFL prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft are being told by the NFLPA (yeah, sure, they're decertified and not working as a group anymore) to not show up at next month's draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The union is suggesting that the draft prospects partake in another activity that it seems would be run by the union and would give a similar experience that being at the NFL Draft would give. Understand that in the battle between the owners and players, I consider the owners more in the wrong, but is the NFLPA serious?
There was only a small bit of hope that came in the form of two deadline extensions to continue to negotiate, but it wasn't enough as the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) led by DeMaurice Smith chose to decertify their union, allowing individual players to join together, not as a union, to sue the NFL owners. In turn, the NFL owners locked out their players from team facilities. No communication is allowed between players and the organization and its employees, such as coaches. Needless to say, the 2011 NFL season is now in jeopardy unless litigation can be settled quickly or somehow the two opposing sides can come to an agreement outside of court.
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