Studs n’ Duds Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Duds

1.) St.Mary’s

~ranked 23rd in the nation

~lost to one of the worst teams in basketball San Diego

~terrible conference lost

~3 point shooting on their part was a joke, like the crowd said “OVERRATED”

2.) Seth Curry

~ Seth, you have to learn to stop shooting, especially when you are in a horrible cold streak. We all understand you were trying to find your touch but the shots you were taking could have cost your team the game if the game was close. Lear to be a point guard and not trying to be Larry Bird (or Steph Curry).

3.) McMorris

Can’t stand you. How does that loss to Kansas State taste?

STUDS

1.) Jacob Pullen

Career High 38 points (5-6 from deep) and had a chance to go for 40 points when KState had the ball with the clock winding down, but opted to just enjoy the victory over Kansas instead. Awww poor McMorris. Tissue?

2.) Nolan Smith

Dominated the entire game (as usual). Drove the middle of the lane easily and even snuck in a shimmy after one “and-1″ play. He had 22 points. He was solely looking for his jumper and deep stroke in the 1st half but in the 2nd handled the adjustment to to isolations and new scheme by Duke perfectly.

3.) Kemba Walker

Good to hear about you again. It’s been a while. Kemba has been quieted in recent weeks but had a nice bounce back game with 31 points and highlight plays that reminded many of Kobe Bryant.

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Siena Breezes by Maine Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Albany, Times Union Center- Maine and Siena go at it. Siena has not had an easy season. We fans have been blessed to see a Siena team win big games and head into NCAA tournament games. This year we just like seeing Siena win, period. Hopes for an NCAA berth, well most likely is just a hope and wish.

Against Maine, Siena, well they looked good. I liked the matchup between Siena’s Brookins and Maine’s Singleton. This Singleton was quick! Very hard to guard. He could come up with a steal and make it down and under the basket before anyone, even his teammates realized what just happened. For Brookins I believe this may have been why he was so quiet in the first half. Matchups changed in the second half (big men on littles) and Brookins had some sweet 3s that got the crowd going. Siena played with a lot of patience which led to more baskets. They led by 10+ points in the second but Maine switched from full court press to a half court trap and it was working in their favor.

They managed to cut Siena’s lead to 6. Luckily Siena was able to hang on and Maine showed frustration in an unsportsman like fashion. Rossiter endured a cheap hit to the face by Maine’s #15 Barnes bringing a loud range of Boooo’s echoing through the arena. The officiating froze the game up. At one point it was said that “that ref needs to swallow his whistle for a minute.” The final score Siena 71 Maine 60.

Trevor Bayne Wins Sprint Cup Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Daytona 500- Trevor Bayne in his second Sprint Cup race career start manages to get the win in the Daytona 500. Bayne just turned 20 years old, what a way to celebrate a birthday! The win was so unexpected he was unaware how to get to victory lane!Bayne said he knew how to walk over but never expected to have to drive over.

In lap 29 things got very messy and many seasoned veterans were knocked out early. Luckily for Bayne, his car seemed to blow through the trouble and watch the rest from the rear view. Of course it was the 10th anniversary of the death of Dale Sr. and the favorite to win was Dale jr. He however wrecked in the last few laps of the race finishing in 24th. Bayne was lucky to get the win. Carl Edwards was right behind him in the last seconds of the race and attempted a pass, but it was to late and Bayne went home with the win. Its a great story and amazing win for Bayne.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Its rivalry week baby and what better game to watch than Duke vs UNC. They are the biggest rivals in college hoops. (more…)

Becoming a Duke Fan Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

This may seem so trivial but I just thought I’d share a bit about myself. My father is certainly the culprit for my obsession with college hoops. I remember when I was young, he would fill out my sister’s and my brackets for us year after year. At first we would pick teams out of a hat. When we got a little older he would call out the names of the teams and we would pick whichever team sounded “cool.” The team that was always cool to me, was Duke. My father, grandfather, sister, and I had gone to a resturant for dinner. Now I was about 5 or 6 and a seafood fanatic. I believe I got sick on the seafood (or car sick I was 5 what do I know) so the car ride home was less than pleasant for my father due to the fact I got sick all over the place. So my father cleaned me up and tucked me in. When I was settled in her rubbed my tummy and asked “Deanna, hunny you ok?” My response, “Yea Dad, Duke won!” So needless to say that has stuck with me ever since. Cute story, thought I would share! 🙂

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Times Union Center- Albany, NY– Siena Saints battled against Loyola last night. The offenses for both teams were on point, however Siena could not figure out a good defensive strategy against Loyola. They began with a 2-3 zone switched to a 3-2 and finally went man to man all in the first half! Nothing seemed to be effective against Loyola’s offense. (more…)

Thursday, December 30, 2010 Adirondack Phantoms Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

The first period of the Phantoms/Monarchs game was pretty evenly matched…..at first. Nic Riopel the 21 year old goaltender who started his Phantom career on a shutout victory gave up 2 goals within 20 seconds of each other. It was really bizarre to watch, in an attempt to write notes about the game I was startled by the quick wrap around goal by Clune moments after the first by Holloway. In defense of Riopel, his teammates didn’t offer him much defense, it was completely collapsing. The game was tied 0-0 until the last 3 minutes of the game. Tired legs to blame? No excuse they were switching players out regularly and not only that I felt at the most inconvenient times as well. One minute left to play the Phantoms are on a break away guarded by 3 Monarch defenders and the coach calls to switch out players? Really? If they had men on the ice and not a lone solider maybe a play could have been executed and maybe a goal! That in my opinion would have been fantastic incentive for the team and a positive end to a lousy last couple of minutes in the first period. Shots on goal for the Phantoms 8 and for the Monarchs 15. (more…)

Phantoms Hockey Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

First and foremost before we go into detail about the Phantoms/Monarchs game I feel it necessary to explain the atmosphere at the event.

Upon arrival a large crowd had formed outside the Glens Falls Civic Center for tickets. Families and friends gathered to their seats and many had Phantoms scarves, jerseys, and hats on. It has been a long time I have attended an AHL game and saw such dedication amongst the fans.

The community really has embraced the team. They cheered during good plays, taunted the other goalie (as well as there own), and even though the Phantoms were down by 4 goals, they stayed until the bitter end! It was refreshing to see kids dancing to the music and the youth hockey team sliding all over the ice on their skates. It reminded me when I was a kid going to Capital District Islander games. They do have incentives to get people to return to games such as a zambonie ride and autographed merchandise. I can’t wait to attend the next game and talk with the fans.

The Phantoms don’t have the best record this year, in fact the most wins that they have had were in the month of December. So why do fans return to the games? Is it a love for the game? Is it a love for the Phantoms? Or is it merely something to do and somewhere to be seen? At the next game I will be asking fans these questions. I look forward to hearing the results.

For more information and tickets to see the Phantoms live go to http://www.phantomshockey.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

So at this point the Dallas Cowboys season is over and every game they have won since they went on a deplorable losing streak has damaged the changes of a better draft pick. That is all fine and dandy, the team has amazing talent, they just can’t seem to get it together. What is the plan for next season and who will be coaching it? (more…)

No Favre Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Saturday, Sep 10 2011 

Well Favre ends his consecutive regular season starts at 297. At this point whoopdie-friggin-do! I feel almost all of us, the dedicated football fans that we are, share a love-hate relationship with Favre in his career. Honestly it teeters more so on the “hate” side. (more…)

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