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So recently Ron Artest has gone to the Lakers, Shaq is now LeBron’s teammate, Yao might be done… forever, and the Celtics have been attempting to coax veteran Rasheed Wallace into Boston.

Ron Artest going to the Lakers cannot make the team worse (from an on paper standpoint), but as loose of a cannon as Artest has been, this seems risky bringing him to a team with so many other players who are going to be in the spotlight.  I know Artest has severely reduced his hot-head bad-boy image, but with Kobe, Gasol, Odom, Bynum, and Fisher, will Artest feel as though he is getting slighted?  My thoughts, good move, Artest will be fine.

Shaq going to the Cav’s is also a move that on paper makes sense (especially since both his and Big Z’s contracts are done at the end of the upcoming season, clearing massive amounts of cap room) but will bringing an aging, slow moving big-man to this team really be as blockbuster of a move as people are thinking it will be?  I think that it won’t be a terrible move, but I’m expecting the terms “disappointing” “lack luster” and “anti-climactic” quite a bit in next seasons coverage of the team.

Yao Ming potentially done forever, and as of now, at least all of next season.  This is huge news if for no other reasons than the NBA is potentially going to lose a player that was the face of the Rockets, a fan favorite, and the number one reason the NBA has been doing so well in China.  You could make the argument that the Rockets have not been much different record-wise when Yao was playing or out with injury, but a team truly cannot be better off without a big-man like Yao.  This one is kind of hard to tell how it will play out until we find out if it is permanent or only one season, but either way, terrible news for the Rockets, and terrible news for fantasy owners who like a 20-10 center on their team.

And last but not least, the Celtics are attempting to bring Rasheed Wallace to Boston.  Being a Celtics fan, I love this (from Massachusetts, don’t give me that front-runner crap).  I love this because even if they don’t get Wallace, it shows that the team and front office (as supposedly Grousbeck [CEO and c0-owner], Ainge[GM], Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers all went to meet with Wallace) are willing to make moves and bring in big names to stay on top.

Even in the off-season the NBA is exciting, and I can’t wait to see how these and other happenings pan out in the upcoming season.

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It is being reported that a deal that would send Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons is close to beign finalized. Early signs say Billups and McDyess will be headed to Denver. More details (before Steven A. Smith tries to snake this story from NBC) as they become available.

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NFL Network Hopes ESPN Is Answer to Its Problem — (nytimes.com)

“The NFL Network starts the new season with 41.5 million subscribers, a little better than earlier this summer but a little worse than at the end of last year. The total is less than the league ever thought possible when it added regular-season games to its programming in 2006.”

What lies ahead in the NFL: Ten questions to answer in 2008 — (usatoday.com)

“One thing is pretty certain: The NFL’s next champion will be crowned on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, site of Super Bowl XLIII. Beyond that, there are plenty of unanswered possibilities to ponder as the NFL’s 89th season begins. USA TODAY tackles 10 questions … albeit without the help of a crystal ball.”

The best midseason deals of the past quarter-century — (si.com)

“This has been one of the more interesting years for midseason acquisitions. Sabathia, Rich Harden of the Cubs, Joe Blanton of the Phillies and Paul Byrd of the Red Sox are a combined 17-2 for contending teams. The Angels became the AL favorites with the acquisition of Mark Teixeira. The Red Sox are playing better with Jason Bay. And either the Diamondbacks, with Adam Dunn, or Dodgers, with Manny Ramirez, will parlay the addition of a big bat into a postseason berth. The Sabathia, Harden and Teixeira deals rank as especially impactful already, with the possibility, depending on how September and October unfold, of being historically important.”

If it is indeed the Oklahoma City Thunder, what happens to the Warriors’ mascot? — (examiner.com)

“If you see a muscular, blue action hero with a lightning bolt for a hat stumbling around Oakland and muttering about life’s injustices in the next couple of days, don’t be surprised.

The NBA team in Oklahoma City will get its official nickname on Wednesday, and all indications are that it will be “Thunder.”

That’s right: Thunder.

That decision probably didn’t sit well with the Golden State Warriors. Not to mention the guy who wears the suit.

Why?

Because “Thunder” is the name of the official Warriors team mascot _ NBA-approved, by the way.”

Are Ricciardi’s days numbered in Toronto? — (sportingnews.com)

“Poor J.P. Ricciardi. While he was once the golden child and fan favorite in Toronto, the fans have turned on him. But he should know better than to snipe back at the ticket-buying public. Taking guff from the masses is why you get the big bucks, J.P. — though we hear you might not be on the Jays’ payroll much longer.”

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An interesting caveat to the Favre saga is the upcoming release of Madden 2009. Brett Favre will be on the cover in a Packers uniform. EA Sports, ironically, picked Favre for the cover to honor is upcoming retirement. At this point, maybe EA could get out of their Madden contract and call it Favre 2009 or Brett Favre Football 2009. To make things even simpler, EA would not actual have to get out of the Madden contract. This is due to John Madden’s RV size man crush for which he enjoys in the direction of Favre.

One source, although, I am not saying it is reliable has already stated that EA will not be redoing the cover at this time.

Good I want this to be as awkward as possible for all party’s involved.

I want to try to come up with neat ways in which the Madden curse can potentially strike Favre.

The first 4 weeks of the season have potential embarrassment written all over them.

Week 1 @ Miami: A must win right off the get go… enough said. What a mess when Josh McCown or someone throws for 4 TD’s and Favre is left ‘gunslingin’ to the tune of 4 INT’s.

Week 2 New England: The whole reason the Jets went after Favre is to compete with the Patriots. We will find out sooner rather than later. Potential disaster alert.

Week 3 @ San Diego: The Jets will face a highly talented San Diego team on the road. Potential disaster alert.

Week 4 Arizona: It’s the Cardinals. Favre will need to play well or even the national media could call this trade as a mistake.

That will bring the Jets to their bye week.

Week 5 and Week 6 have Cincinnati at home and Oakland on the road. Again two more seemingly must win games. So without question even a struggling Jets team has the potential to be 4-2 seven weeks into the season. But, hey, lets hope that isn’t the case. I want 1-5.

So much potential for chaos. You have to love it.

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…after one game with the Dodgers. “I feel at home already. Put the word on me — I want to stay here. The weather is nice, the stadium is beautiful.” … “I’ve already made $160 million,” he said. “I like it here. I’m looking for peace. I want to stay here. At the end of the season, if the Dodgers want me to end my career here, we’ll sit down and talk. Time will tell.” … “I want peace,” Ramirez said. “After the game [Friday night], I went out to dinner and nobody bothers you. In Boston, you go from the stadium straight home. That’s what I’m talking about. Some people recognized me, said congratulations, that’s it. I could go to the movies with my family. I’ve got nothing against Boston, but this is what I’m looking for. The game is supposed to be fun.”

More Manny? Yes. This is the kind of person and player Manny is-love it or hate it. I actually believe 100% that he wanted out of the club option for next year not to get a long term deal for the money but instead to slip into obscurity and not be bothered.

Oddly enough what better place in the baseball world is there to hide then the media capital of the West Coast, LA. The fans don’t care about winning or loyalty. The club barely cares for that matter.

Looking ahead, where will Manny be in 2009? Could NY through a lot of money at him? Absolutely. I believe that if Manny has another realistic choice he will jump at it. The Angels have too many other issues with Lackey, Guerrero and likely losing Fransisco Rodriguez. The Marlins are clearly too cheap. Reports have the problem with Manny going to Florida being 100% financial. The Marlins wanted the Sox to pay for his salary, pay for the salary of the compensatory picks that they will get when Manny leaves and they would not give up a second tier minor league outfielder.

The Phillies or Mets could be front runners to at least make an offer. But how much would Manny like it there? Those are some tough fans; similar to Boston.

I don’t know what the Dodgers have coming off their cap but I suppose that they might be in Manny business for the next several years. Well, only one more year on that Andrew Jones $36 million. That’s $18 million for the two years, which comes out to $9 million per home run so far this season. Also about $700,000 per RBI.

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Bye bye repeat hopes...

The terms of the deal: Los Angeles gets Ramirez, Boston receives Jason Bay and Pittsburgh obtains Andy La Roche, Brandon Moss, Craig Hansen and a minor league pitcher from the Dodgers.

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any change possible I will post a Mariners-era Griffey picture on this site...

Warning: any change possible I will post a Mariners-era Griffey picture on this site...

It’s a day of movement and change. July 31st is the trade deadline in Major League Baseball and another day of NFL training camps.

Brett Favre has been offered a reported $20 million over 10 years to stay off the field. This week John Lynch has had a falling out with the Broncos, culminating in a reported parting from the team and possibly the game.

Manny Ramirez is doing the same song and dance that he has for the past 3 or 4 seasons in Boston and just like the past 3 or 4 years, this year is the most serious. Ken Griffey, Jr. has been traded to the Chicago White Sox. Griffey is yet to make a World Series appearance in what is undoutidly a hall of fame career. The trade is pending Griffey’s approval since he has 10+ years of MLB service and 5 with his current Reds.

These four men have completely different opinions that they have molded.

John Lynch is the hard nosed, tough guy who has gotten himself in some trouble. Manny is the clown with supernatural talent. Brett Favre is the spoiled superstar who can’t leave the spotlight. While Griffey is, or at least was, the MLB’s golden boy before his injuries.

Most everyone wants to see Ken Griffey, Jr. succeed and even win a championship. He deserves one. The other three men have championships and they are far less deserving as people then Griffey.

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