Friday, March 28, 2008

March Madness Updates – Sweet Sixteen – Thursday's Games

The second weekend of the Madness has commenced with a couple of games that sure did live up to the excitement that the tourney puts forward.

Last night saw all but one of the favored teams winning with two of the games coming as exhilaratingly close as they could have.

(3)Xavier 79 over 7)West Virginia 75 (OT)
Xavier had a 7 point lead at the half but gave up the lead in the second allowing WVU to force overtime. The second half treated the Mountaineers better then the extra period would.

That is when B.J. Raymond went bananas. In 48 seconds he sank two 3-pointers (one more then all of WVU made all game) finishing the rally that brought Xavier back from 6 points down in the OT.

(1)North Carolina 68 over (4)Washington State 47
This was a tale of two teams that seemed to have different strengths; one with power on the Offensive side and one with an ability to play stifling Defense. When one team changes their modus operandi you would hope that the other team would do the same to try and keep up.

But this time, Washington State was unable to change their stripes. The Tar Heels stepped up their Defense last night to absolutely shut down the Cougars. WSU couldn’t do the same. North Carolina allowed the fewest points (as a team) since 1946.

It wasn’t close after the 10:00 mark of the first half.

(3)Louisville 79 over (2)Tennessee 60
A great game to watch the chess match between two prominent coaches, but in the end Louisville’s Rick Pitino came out on top. His defensive alignments seemed to keep the Vols Offense on its heels, unable to adjust to what they were seeing.

Bruce Pearl’s Defense was able to get the Tennessee team back into the game in the second half, narrowing the margin to 37-36, but their rebounding woes made it difficult for Volunteers to stay in the game. They were out rebounded 43-28 which may explain why they never took the lead in the game.

(1)UCLA 88 over (12)W Kentucky 78
This game may have come closer then the actual score shows. The Bruins came in to the half at 21-points up over the #12 ranked, upstart team. However, when they came out of the locker room, the team seemed to have sat back and relaxed, allowing the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to cut the lead to 4 points with 6:50 left to play.

They couldn’t sustain the run as the #1 Bruins showed they were worthy of the seed and shut them down. Josh Shipp, who had been dealing with shooting woes and a bout of strep throat, put the nail in the coffin with a 3-point shot that put the team back up 9.

Kevin Love stepped up his game and Russell Westbrook took over when the Bruin’s leader, Darren Collison, fouled out.

The Hilltoppers got some great play from some very talented young men, but it wasn’t enough.

[As seen in Afraidofedhochuli]

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Athletes Are Just Like Us: Tiger Woods Edition

Tiger Woods had won every tournament he had played in 2008 and there were many discussions surrounding the achievement. Some thought he was the best ever; some thought he enacted the most amazing feat of all time.

I won't take anything away from him; he is the most dominate player in any sport around the world. I am a "Golden Bear" fan, but I would be naive to think that Nicklaus' records would stand in the wake of what Tiger has done to the sports world.

So, after watching Geoff Ogilvy win at Doral, I knew it was time to show how human Tiger Woods really is.

He is a fisherman

Just like people all around the world.

Tiger's shower may have around 14 heads, but

a lot of people have showers.
His wife is a beautiful woman. But who's isn't?
He was raised to love the game.
Thomas Junta did the same with his son.
He has a great watch.

This one works.

He was given a great car by the company who pays him.

A lot of people get company cars.

He owns a wonderful green jacket.

Which everyone should have in their wardrobe.

He hangs out with cebrities like Snoop Dogg.

But, come on, who hasn't hung out with Snoop Dogg?

He has sweat problems.

Which is something that plagues even Batman.

If you want to see how much Tiger is just like us, check out a this site: Pictures of Tiger's Home

See, he is just like any other person making $84M a year.
[As seen in Afraidofedhochuli]

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Is He a Hall of Famer? NBA Edition

Guess who's back? Back again? "Is he a Hall of Famer?" is back. Tell a friend.

OK, I am done ripping off Eminem for a cheesy introduction. Let's get right to business.

Today's edition about who may or may not eventually become inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is just like last time. For those of you who didn't read, I'll recap real fast. Vince Carter -in, Tracy McGrady -will be in, Rasheed Wallace -out, and Yinka Dare -in. Ok, I made up that last one. But who else will become enshrined in Springfield, Mass?

Let's find out as it's time to play everyone's favorite little game*, Is he a Hall of Famer?

(*As always, to make the debate more interesting, I am omitting players that almost certainly will make the Hall of Fame barring something catastrophic happening to their career. Active players such as Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, and Jason Kidd).

Again, today's edition will be about three players: Grant Hill, Chris Webber, and Anfernee Hardaway.

Grant Hill
6'8", 225lbs, Forward
College: Duke University
1st round draft pick (3rd overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft (Pistons)
Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

Career Averages: 19.5 pts, 6.8 rebs, 5.1 asts, 1.4 stls per game
7 time All-Star
1995 Co-Rookie of the Year
1996 member of USA Gold Medal winning Olympic team
1996-97 finished 3rd in MVP voting
4 time member of NBA All-First or Second team
First player in any sport to be the leading vote getter for an All-Star game in their rookie season
2005 NBA Sportsmanship Award
Led NBA in Triples Doubles twice (1995-96, 1996-97)

Argument Against
Grant Hill was on his way to becoming the next Scottie Pippen before injuries caught up to him. He missed 374 out of his next 574 possible games going into the 2008 season. He has made the playoffs 5 times but has failed to get past the first round.

Comparison to Eventual Hall of Famer
Grant Hill can be compared to an eventual Hall of Famer from another sport: Ken Griffey Jr.
The similarities between the two in different sports is eerie. While you cannot compare direct stats, you can compare the course of their careers. Both were high draft picks (top 3) expected to be the next great player in their sport. They both produced early and often winning Rookie of the Year Awards. Both enjoyed tremendous success throughout the 1990s. Griffey batted over .300 for seven of the years of the '90s, and hit with power as well, slugging 422 home runs during the decade. During the same decade, Hill had a total of 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists. Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird are the only two players in league history to eclipse these numbers after their first six seasons. Both men were traded in year 2000, Hill to the Orlando Magic and Griffey to the Cincinnati Reds. For 4 of the next 5 years, Hill spent most of his time injured averaging only 27 games played per season. Likewise, Griffey spent 4 of his next 5 years mostly on the disabled list averaging only 92 games played per season.

Final Verdict
Grant Hill had all the potential to become a sure bet Hall of Famer. During the 90's he shined as he was one of the best basketball players on the planet. His 1996-97 season was his finest, with averages of 21.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He became the first player since Larry Bird in 1989-90 to average 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a season. This feat has not been duplicated since. Unfortunately for Hill, when he got traded to the Magic in 2000 his career went severely downhill. He was seemingly injured all the time and never regained his earlier dominance. These days he is a solid role player but will never again be the focus of an offense or command a double team. He had a great college career, is active in the community, and no one will ever question his dedication and knowledge of the game. However for Hill, it was an above average career, but not one that is Hall of Fame worthy. OUT.

Chris Webber
6'10", 245lbs, Power Forward
College: University of Michigan
1st round draft pick (1st overall) by Orlando (traded to Golden State)
Teams: Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Washington Bullets/Wizards, Golden State Warriors

Career Averages: 20.9 pts, 9.8 rebs, 4.3 asts, 1.5 stls, 1.4 blks per game
5 time All-Star
5 time All-NBA Team (First Team in 2001)
Ranked #64 in Slam Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003

Argument Against
Not including the 1999 season because of lockout, Webber has played fewer than 65 games 5 times in his 13 year career. Injuries have robbed Webber of his once dominant athleticism. Now it is painful to watch him run up and down the court because of his knee problems. His eroding skills and nagging injuries have led him to become strictly a face up jump shooter. Also, he was only a 65% free throw for his career. In his prime, C-Webb was never able to lead his Kings past the Western Conference Finals.

Comparison to Eventual Hall of Famer
Webber compares favorably with Kevin Garnett (whom most think is a future Hall of Famer). Both have been unable to the reach the NBA Finals as leaders of their teams. That may change this year with Garnett leading the Celtics. Statistically, Garnett averaged 20.4 pts, 11.3 rebs, 4.4 asts, 1.4 stls, and 1.6 blks per game while Webber averaged 20.9 pts, 9.8 rebs, 4.3 asts, 1.5 stls, and 1.4 blks per game.

Final Verdict
From a statistical point of view (and natural ability), Webber compares favorably to some of the greatest power forwards ever to play the game. However, while Webber's numbers may be in the same neighborhood as Dr. J and the Mailman's, was he ever that dominant? No. He wasn't quite as memorable as Kevin McHale and Kevin Garnett either. To Webber's credit, he was just as responsible as Garnett at redefining the modern day big man. He was able to pass, shoot, rebound, run the floor, and score from mid range. His postseason failures do not help his case especially never being able to beat the rival Lakers when he was the leader of Sacramento. Since Webber called the famous time-out in the NCAA championship game to being traded as the first pick in the NBA Draft, his career has seemed to be incomplete and cursed. Yes, he compiled great statistics but there will be no fairy tale ending to this sports hero. OUT.

Anfernee Hardaway
6'7", 220lbs, Guard/Forward
College: Memphis State University
1st round draft pick (3rd overall) by Golden State (traded to Orlando)
Teams: Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

Career Averages: 15.2 pts, 4.5 rebs, 5.0 asts, 1.6 stls per game
4 time All-Star
3 time All-NBA (First team twice)
1994 All-Rookie First Team
1996 Member of USA Gold Medal winning Olympic team
1996 Finished 3rd in MVP voting

Argument Against
He only had 4 Hall of Fame worthy seasons (his first four). Since then he has been somewhat effective but not very good. His overall stats are plain and don't jump off the page at you. Ever since Shaq was traded to LA after Penny Hardaway had a breakout 1995-96 season, Penny's career went downhill. He eventually became a role player for multiple teams and was plagued with injuries. He wasn't even a starter for most of the 2000's. He only shot 31% from 3 for his career. He reminds me of a Latrell Spreewell type player and Latrell isn't getting inducted into the Hall anytime soon (besides, Spree's busy trying to feed his family and make ends meet).

Comparison to Current Hall of Famer
Like Grant Hill, Anfernee Hardaway can be compared to a Hall of Famer from another sport: Gale Sayers. Sayers is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite playing basically 5 seasons. In that short time, though, Sayers was unbelievable. Was Hardaway on a Sayers-like level in his prime years? Not exactly, but he was close. And the fact that so many current NBA stars say they patterned their game after Penny’s says a lot. Sadly, injuries took there toll on both athletes sapping them off their extraordinary athletisicm that made them stars.

Final Verdict
Penny Hardaway was the closest thing we had seen to another Magic Johnson. He was a tall player able to shoot, pass, and run the point effectively. He was capable of filling a stat sheet and recorded his best season in 1996 averaging 21 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals per game. Unfortunately for Penny, that was the beginning of the end. He became a reserve on a few teams and wound up being cut by Miami in December of 2007. He hasn't been relative to basketball in almost a decade. OUT. (Lil Penny - IN)

Thanks to:
NBA Hall of Fame

Monday, March 17, 2008

Al Davis Strikes Again!

Sources are telling ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the Falcons have reached an agreement to send DeAngelo Hall to the Raiders for a second-round draft pick in April’s draft.

This was leaked yesterday, and even though Hall is trying to refute this, “Mort” is usually pretty good with these sorts of things.

I don’t really care about this. It is a bit dangerous, don’t get me wrong. They already have some solid players in their Defensive Backfield with Nnamdi Asomugha, Michael Huff and the addition of Gibril Wilson a few weeks ago. That is going to cause some trouble for the other teams in the AFC.

This leads me to thinking. This is a great thing for the Raiders but not all of their pickups this off-season have been the “smartest” thing out there.

For instance:

WR Javon Walker
Contract: $55 million over six-years ($16M guaranteed).
Analysis: That is ridiculous. Especially when you remember that he has had only two seasons over 1,000 yards, and only two seasons over 50 catches. Add to that the 23 games he has missed in those six years due to injury.

If he can be the player he was the one “Superstar” season he had in Green Bay then this will work out great, but the last thing that the Raiders need is a 29-year-old Wide Receiver who doesn’t live up to the hype and has a bum knee.

DE Tommy Kelly
Contract: $50.5 million over seven-years ($18.25M guaranteed)
Analysis: Really? For a Defensive End who has played in 49 games over four seasons (64 possible) who averages 41.5 tackles a season? For a guy who has 13 career sacks?

That contract comes out to average $7.21 million per season. To put that into perspective: if his base salary is just $7.0 million he is still making more in base salary then EVERY OTHER DEFENSIVE END made last year not named Jason Taylor or Justin Smith. [1] Is he really better then Julius Peppers, Michael Strahan, Jared Allen or even Trevor Pryce?

S Gibril Wilson
Contract: $39 million over six-years ($16M guaranteed)
Analysis: I like the signing. I will start with that. He will strengthen a secondary that is already stacked with talent. What I don’t like is the price tag. This will make him the third-highest paid safety in the NFL, behind Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts.

I fail to see him being that good. Again, is he the thir best Safety in the league? Better then Brian Dawkins? Better then Corey Chavous?

The team has definitely upgraded, but has spent way more money then was needed to keep guys that cannot be considered elite. For reference, ESPN ranks players as follows:
90-100: Elite Player
80-89: Outstanding Player
70-79: Good Starter
60-69: Average Starter
50-59: Good Backup
40-49: Below Average Backup/Core Special Teamers

And so on.

Here were their ratings.
Javon Walker – 70
Tommy Kelly – 71
Gibril Wilson – 74

That’s a lot of money for borderline guys.
[As seen in Afraidofedhochuli]

Monday Schmonday – Rules/Regulations 3/17/08

This is the first week that we are going to be following our layout to a “T”. (Please look at the right margin to see the daily schedule for The Hoch) This means that today is the first “real” Monday Schmonday that I we are doing that doesn’t cover the NFL games from the Sunday (Thursday and sometimes Saturday) before.

I will stick to the normal lineup for the Schmondays: “Upset of the weekend”, “The ‘not-so-much-an-upset-as-it-is-surprising’ category” and “My biggest disappointment of the weekend”.

Upset of the weekend
This is usually where we discuss the biggest upset that happened in the NFL the week prior, but since we have no NFL, we will do one of two things: the biggest upset in a different sport (score-wise) or the biggest upset in the world of sports (story-wise).

The ‘not-so-much-an-upset-as-it-is-surprising’ category
Something that happened that was a major head-scratcher.

My biggest disappointment of the weekend
Pretty self-explanatory.

Those are the rules. Here is the article.

Upset of the weekend
This isn’t really an upset in the normal view of the word, but it is crazy and is worthy of this weeks ranking.

Houston beats L.A.

I don’t think anyone saw 22-straight wins coming when the team lost Yao to the foot injury, but since he went down the Rockets have run off 10-straight.

The win on Sunday wasn’t just another to add to the score sheet, it was enough to move the team into 1st place in the Western Conference. They did it in a convincing fashion as well, outscoring the Lakers 33-26 in the 4th quarter to finish with a 12-point win. The funny thing is that the stats were all very close, with only a thin margin separating the shooting percentages, rebounds, assists and turnovers.

The streak puts them second all-time only behind the Lakers of 1971-1972 who won 33 in-a-row. That may be a tough ring to reach for this year’s Rockets with upcoming games against Boston, New Orleans (weird to say that…) and San Antonio.

No offense to Yao, but this might be the point where they find him to be overpaid. If they are able to do it without him will they need him next year?

The ‘not-so-much-an-upset-as-it-is-surprising’ category
Selection Sunday was, well, Sunday and the teams that took top-seeds were all deserving. The surprises were teams like Washington State who was donated the 4th seed in one bracket. I said donated on purpose because they are a team that didn’t deserve a 4th spot.

This isn’t about Washington State, it is about the Selections. I will NEVER say that these guys don’t know what they are doing, because I believe you need to come with solutions not problems, I just never really understand how they find some of the teams that are NOT top-seeds.

Teams like Oregon (I will stick with the Pac-10) were on the bubble previous to the selections, so how in the heck did they get a 9 seed? Shouldn’t a “bubble team” be closer to the 16th seed? To stick with that example: Oregon (9) was 18-13 and a team like Saint Mary’s was 25-6 and was ranked behind them at 10.

Yes, the Pac-10 showed this season that it was a tough conference (I won’t get into the argument about which is the toughest of the conferences), but what about the records?

I’m just saying.

My biggest disappointment of the weekend
I have two, but they are intertwined.

I am voting Republican next time. I am a Dem but after the failure of the State government to even TALK about the Sonics situation I want them all out. This was ridiculous.

But don’t worry they also turned down:

"HB 2547: Preventing Cruelty to Canines
Preventing cruelty to canines by banning harassing and hunting of coyotes (and all canines) with dogs. Adds to the animal fighting law—prohibits using one canine to control, injure, or kill another canine.
PAWS’ position: Support
Status: Did not pass the 2008 legislative process

HB 2547 information on the Washington State Legislature’s website." [1]

Speaking of “cruelty to animals”, the Sonics took a major beating last night on the court:

SEA 116; DEN 168

"All-time Most Points" ever allowed by the Sonics.


[As seen in Afraidofedhochuli]

Friday, March 14, 2008

Cal Ripken Jr. is Overrated

As a baseball fan, this is not easy to say. Purists may disagree but it is time that the truth comes forward: Cal Ripken Jr. is overrated.

Die hard baseball fans, especially Oriole fans or Marlyanders', may want to have me hung in the town square for uttering those words. As a former resident of the state, trust me when I say that Jesus Christ is less of a hero in Maryland than Cal.

Before I precede any further, let me state that Cal Ripken is a first ballot Hall of Famer, a baseball icon, and a great ambassador to the game. He has won MVP awards, World Series rings, and set numerous records in a remarkable career that ultimately earned him a spot in Cooperstown last year.

With that said, you may be saying, "Well his career resume sounds good so why is he overrated?" A baseball player can be good, great, or legendary and still be overrated. Overrated is all a matter of perception. That's Cal's problem. Too many baseball fans, whether purists or casual fans, hold him in the same breath as Mays, Mantle, and Ruth. Let's be realistic. Cal was very good, but not one of the best ever to play. He wasn't even the best to play his position.

This idea is summed up in this example. There has never been a player to be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and get voted in unanimously. That changed when Cal received 98.53% percent of the votes in 2007. You mean to tell me it was clearer to put Cal Ripken Jr in the Hall of Fame then it was to put any other player ever?

Cal Ripken Jr. is often celebrated as the greatest shortstop all of time. That is incorrect as that title truly belongs to Honus Wagner. The Flying Dutchman's offensive stats blow away every shortstop in history, and he also was a superior defensive shortstop compared to Cal.

Wagner's offensive career stats look like this:
AVG: .329 G:2787 AB:10427 R:1740 H:3430 HR:101 RBI:Not official stat SB:722 SLG: .469

Ripken's offensive career stats look like this:
AVG: 276 G:3001 AB:11551 R:1647 HR:431 RBI:1695 SB:26 SLG: .447

While Wagner's home runs represent career totals usually reserved for backup second basemen, note that Wagner played his 9 years in Exposition Field in Pittsburgh. The field's dimensions were 400 left field, 450 center, 400 right field. He then played his final 8 seasons in Forbes Field were the dimensions were 360-l, 422-C, and 376-R.

Wagner's career highlights include hitting .344 in his rookie season of 1897 with Louisville, the first of 17 consecutive seasons of hitting over .300, including eight as the National League batting champion. Wagner compiled a lifetime average of .329, and also stole 722 bases, while leading the league in thefts on five occasions.

During Ripken's career he hit .300 only three times out of his 18 qualifying seasons, his OPS was only .787 (Bonds had seasons in which his slugging alone was higher, but he was an outfielder, so, oh no, they can’t be compared), he never had a season with 50 doubles, and let’s not forget that he is the all-time leader for hitting into double plays (350).

Like I said, Cal isn't the best shortstop to ever lace up the cleats. But you could argue that they played in different eras. You are correct. However, in his era Wagner dominated more than Ripken did in his era. Plus, Wagner was known for his enormous hands and wrists, and at 5-11, 200 pounds, he was really the first big shortstop, not Cal Ripken or Ernie Banks. Don't you think he would be hitting 40 home runs if he played today?

Don't get me wrong; Cal was a fantastic baseball player. He went to 19 straight All-Star games, 2 time All-Star game MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, 2 time gold glove winner, and 2 time AL MVP. But let's not forget that Wagner's career went from 1897-1917, long before the invention of all of these awards.

To show how overlooked Wagner is, has Wagner listed as the 18th best shortstop ever? Are you kidding me Mike DiMauro? That article is perhaps the worst sports list I've ever seen. Fan's that voted for MLB's all century team in 1999 left Honus Wagner completely off the team. He had to be added by the "panel of experts."

Cal Ripken can be listed as overrated for 3 more reasons. The Streak, great ambassador to the game, and revolutionizing the shortstop position.

Consecutive Games played streak (2,632):
This is perhaps the most ridiculous sports record. He is celebrated because he showed up to work for 2,632 times in a row? Maybe if he had a hit in 2,632 games in a row but just showing while getting paid millions to do so? While it's special, it's certainly shouldn't be one of the main reasons he is a Hall of Famer because it doesn't say anything about his skill as a baseball player. Still, fans voted the Streak as baseball's most memorable moment ever. I understand that some people think that the Streak helped saved baseball after the strike in 1994. Let's be honest, the steroid era and home run chase of 1998 did more for the game.

Cal was well liked:
Everyone knows the stories of Cal staying at the ballpark till the wee hours of the morning to sign ever last autograph. This made him one of the most beloved players in the game. Not to mention he played for his father, he was teammates with his brother, he gave to charity, and he helped children learn baseball in his spare time. Also, in the days of players playing for 5 teams in a career he played his entire career for the Orioles. These reasons made him beloved, but should beloved make you an all time legend?

Cal reinvented how shortstops looked and played:
At 6'4", Ripken is often credited with pioneering the way for larger and taller shortstops. Wagner was truly the first large shortstop. Ripken gets credit because of the media era he played in and because of the amounts of home runs he hit. Ernie Banks was 6"1, 180lbs a generation earlier and is arguably a better fielder than Ripken.

Being a shortstop should not be an excuse for the fact that his stats are overall very generic for the Hall of Fame. If you’re going to give him bonus credit for home runs, you have to take credit away for never stealing any bases, not walking very often, and having only three 100-run seasons.

Should Ripken be in the Hall of Fame? Yes. Is he the greatest shortstop ever? No. Has he been overrated all of these years? Absolutely.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Defunct Logos

To a sports fan, his team's logo is as distinctive as his first time in the sack. You remember it very vividly and at some point, talk about it excessively. If it is good, you even may brag about it to your friends.

However, it could have gone dreadfully bad. You may not have lived up to expectations and don't want to remember anything about it. And that's just what she said!

A team's logo is identifiable to sports enthusiasts as well as ordinary people that do not follow sports. Everyone recognizes the interlocking "NY" insignia of the New York Yankees. The navy blue star of the Cowboys might be the most simple logo in sports but it also may be the most distinguishable to the casual fan. Would a non-fan be able to identify the falling space debris/flaming meatball of the Tennessee Titans?

Trying to create the ultimate logo for mass appeal is every teams goal. Team owners want their logo and colors to be best sellers to add revenue to their team's bottom line. They go to enormous lengths spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in hiring design firms to do research and create the next great logo. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

The following is a partial listing of prototypes that have surfaced but never made it to officially represent the team.

Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks changed their logo before the 2007-08 NBA season. They ditched the red and yellow in favor of red and blue. How original. But before Hawks ownership decided on the new logo, a firm had designed the following:
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Design Works submitted these logos to the 76ers. PDW created the original Vancouver Grizzlies logo, the Sonics uniforms when they had red in them, and the Florida Marlins logo. These Sixer logos were never officially adopted.

Quebec Nordiques
Before moving to Colorado, the Nordiques were all set to wear the following for the 1996-97 season. Kind of looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves logo. NFL
Atlanta Falcons
These helmet designs never made it off the drawing board in Atlanta. The first was considered for the original helmet in the 1960s. The second helmet was a turn of the century idea that never got off the ground.

Cleveland Browns
This helmet is nothing radical but Cleveland considered using it after the NFL urged them to come up with a stronger graphic. There is some debate as to whether or not the team used it for a preseason game in 1965.

Jacksonville Jaguars
These were the original helmets of the Jaguars after they were awarded a franchise. However, the people from Jaguar automobile company wouldn't allow the team to use it because it too closely resembled their car logo.

Memphis Hound Dogs
Memphis was a finalist to get an expansion team when Jacksonville and Carolina were awarded them in 1993. They had proposed Hound Dogs as the nickname along with this helmet:
San Francisco 49ers
Team President Carmen Policy introduced these helmets in 1991. There was a backlash from the 49ers fan base and after only one day, the team scrapped the idea.

St. Louis Stallions
St. Louis was also a finalist in the running for an expansion team in the early 90s. This was the team's proposed helmet:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A new logo was considered for use when the Bucs changed from peach and white to pewter and red in the late 90s.The idea eventually got discarded.

Thanks to the following for helping in this article:

Misterhabs, ESPN, LogoServer, and Phoenix Design Group

Monday, March 10, 2008

Athletes Are Just Like Us: A-Rod Edition

This is something that I have been tossing around for a weekly spot on The Hoch. It is called:

Athletes Are Just Like Us

Well, they are. They may make millions of dollars, but just like celebrities, they go to the grocery store and walk their dogs.

Each week I will bring you a new person and tell you why they are just like a normal human being.

Today: Alex Rodriguez

In this picture we see A-Rod smoking a cigar, and like the rich person that he is, he is holding his fingers up as if it is a teacup filled with the finest earl grey. A lot of normal people smoke cigars:

Like this guy:
Alex gets in fights. Just like any other blue-blooded American.

He goes shopping with the family:

Just like the normal people.

He has arguments with his friends:

But who doesn't?

So Alex is just like all of us...because we all:

- Have hit 518 Home Runs

- Have a contract that for 10-years at a total of #275M.

- Were elected to the All-star game 10 times

- Have 3 American League MVP awards

But at least I'm not a tool.

[As seen in Afraidofedhochuli]